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Thursday, September 23, 2010

THE ROBBER

By D.E.Levine

2010 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION

Director: Brenjamin Heisenberg
Writer: Benjamin Heisenberg (screenplay); Martin Prinz (novel)
Cast: Andrew Lust, Franziska Weisz, Florian Wotruba, Johann Bedner, Markus Schleinzer, Peter Vilnai, Max Eidelbacher et al.
Producers: Burkhard Althoff, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Markus Glaser, Peter Heilrath, Michael Kitzberger and Wolfgang Widerhofer
Producer: Anne Even (ZDF/Arte), Heinrich Mis (ORF) and Susanne Spellitz (ORF)
Line Producer: Michael Kitzberger
Original Music: Lorenz Dangel
Running Time: 96 Minutes
Country of Origin: Austria/Germany
Language: German
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller, Sport

Taken from the true story of Johann Kastenberger, an accomplished Austrian marathon runner and one of the most successful bank robbers in the country's history, this is really and interesting and easy to watch film.

Renamed Rettenberger in the film, the film opens with Rettenberger in prison, working out on a treadmill.

Released, he goes back to bank robbing and then shows up at the state work bureau to apply for help finding a job.

Getting involved with someone who works at the bureau, Rettenberger ostensibly runs to work out, but breaks up his training to successfully rob banks, hiding the money under the bed where he lives.

Some say that his training produced an endorphin high that motivated the robberies and later killings. However, as played in this film, Rettenberger has a problem with society and rehabilitation. He appears almost emotionless and keeps himself remote even when having an affair.

His love interest also seems remote. She covers up their involvement and shows few emotions, but her glances and look convey an enormous amount.

This may constitute an "art" film but it's a masterpiece. More than once when the film appears to be winding down it suddenly ratchets up again. It's intriguing and stimulating and certainly worth seeing.