An essay on the intersection of personality and politics, The Baader Meinhof Complex has a tone of violence and futility that sticks in the memory.
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The film itself is a complex exploration of a fraught period in postwar German history. The focus is a group of young idealists and their terrorist actions against the state and the German ruling class more widely.
Acted with great conviction and shot with flair, The Baader Meinhoff Complex will appeal to those with an interest in political movements and social history, as well as those who prefer some action in their period drama. The film is talky in patches, but then radical politics tends to involve a lot of talking.
Given the focus and the stylish action sequences, the film does have a firm grip on the deep ambivalence of the Red Army Faction's motives and actions, and ultimately a sense of waste and tragedy pervades.
Highly original, The Baader Meinhoff Complex carves its own place in the world of film.