Based on a true story, KALINKA is about the struggle of Andre Bamberski to bring justice to his daughter Kalinka who died in disturbing circumstances. After 27 years of investigation to ...
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Based on a true story, KALINKA is about the struggle of Andre Bamberski to bring justice to his daughter Kalinka who died in disturbing circumstances. After 27 years of investigation to hunt down his presumed murderer, Bamberski will finally get the killer kidnapped and brought to justice. Written by
Disturbing film about the true case of Bamberski. He was lucky enough
to have a couple of sidekicks: the good lawyer who works alone, like
him, the German translator, and faithful Cécille, who withstands a lot.
His dad in his alpine retreat is also understanding, gives him the best
André had a life as a businessman, not very kind to his employees as we
see in the first scene, but has his life transformed by the death of
her daughter. The film doses the truth very well, and doesn't' shy away
from showing the darker aspects of André. He is shown speaking alone
while working, attempting acts that are not very lawful, and with a
single- mindedness that could end with somebody at any moment. My
favourite moment is him eating and resting alone in his car, a homage
to "L'adversaire" in my humble opinion (one of the best films I've ever
seen). The differences between the two roles are stark, nevertheless.
Daniel A. can pull off basically any role he's thrown at, with a lesser
actor this film would have been just stock material.
The director succeeded into making Marie-Josée Croze an unlikable woman
;). Her character could have more character development, I didn't
understand much her (lack of) reactions and why did she never react to
André's truths, not even at the cemetery when they cross paths with A.
I didn't feel much like going to Germany after watching this film ;).
It looks like a foreign country, cold, with a difficult language, a
juridical system that protects people like Dieter K. and rather absurd
legal decisions. Hadn't it been for Andre's stubbornness, Kalina's case
would have been buried. The German system doesn't come off very well in
this film ;). It may have to do with French-German relationships, not
always loving, but it's for Europeans to give opinions on that.
Overall, a great film. Not entirely pleasurable to watch but, given the
material, a well told story, without melodrama or demagogy.
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