A German high school student, Sonja (Lena Stolze), enters a school essay writing contest on the subject of her town's history during the Third Reich. Through her research, what she finds to her surprise and dismay is that the Catholic clergy and businessmen who she was raised to respect and admire, and who she fervently believed defied the Nazis, did just the opposite. She decides to write a book on her findings and the more she digs, the more she struggles against the town and their opposition to her seeking the truth.
Don't mention the war...
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A film that tries to address the vexed issue of what some older members of modern German communities got up to during the Nazi period. A young girl starts trying to do some research into who did what in her town during the war, but soon meets a wall of silence, hostility and eventually intimidation. The director throws us all kinds of curve balls and alienation techniques to underline the film’s artifice- characters address the camera, scenes take place against back-lit projections and once, memorably, the family’s front room is transplanted into a crowded market square- all so that we can’t just take refuge in the story and have to ponder the issues. He also keeps dropping in unexpectedly humorous moments to break the mood of menace. All in all, an unsettling but intriguing watch.