An excellent and often very beautiful film. Dark, yes, since dealing with dark times, but brooding with much intelligence on sundry forms of betrayal and visually framed in wonderfully apt and striking images that suggest the bitter imprisonment and the lost graces of Germans during Hitler's rise in the 30s. The brooding, bleak eyes of several characters, often lingered on, are unforgettable, as are many of the settings. Hard not to feel a sort of indirect endangerment, even - oddly - guilt while watching the inevitable disaster unfold. And yet the film is rather understated. Fine work.