TIFF review: ‘The People vs. Fritz Bauer’ ★★★

Given the subject and its original title, Lars Kraume’s The People vs. Fritz Bauer (2015) pits the irascible and implacable attorney general against the West German state, rather than its people, which would be more accurate from both a linguistic and narrative point of view. Cantankerous and belligerent but driven by a burning determination to bring war criminals to justice, the renowned lawman (Burghart Klaußner) was persistently thwarted by an establishment not ready to face Germany’s actions in World War II. Bauer proclaims early on that he “likes hunting, but not for animals”. In a less violent but equally vindictive manner as Inglorious Basterds’ Aldo Raine, Bauer is on the hunt for Nazis…

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