During a routine car check in 1970 German policeman Welves in killed by an RAF terrorist. His widow Erika never forgets, mainly because the perpetrator enlisted in the witness protection program and got away with a new life. 41 years later a journalist sets her on the trail of the murderer – prompting Erika do go on a long journey into a piece of unresolved German history, to visit former colleagues and lawyers, maybe towards vengeance, maybe towards inner peace. Award-winning director Hartmut Schoen tells this story about crime and punishment in prosaic images and with subliminal tension looming. Senta Berger, usually so warm-hearted, is great as the angel of death in disguise of a broken woman, and the supporting actors include masters like Burghart Klaußner, Matthias Brandt and Manfred Zapatka, all in top form. A bitter and urgent parable, IN DEN BESTEN JAHREN boasts precise details, deceiving calmness and subtle symbolism to tell about manipulation and escalation, forgiveness and retaliation.
In den besten Jahren
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Selected filmography Hartmut Schoen
DER LETZTE GAST (1989), DIE SCHÖNSTE LIEBESGESCHICHTE DES JAHRHUNDERTS (1991), TATORT: DIE ZÄRTLICHKEIT DES MONSTERS (1993), TATORT: SCHLAFLOSE NÄCHTE (1996), ZUCKERBROT (2003), DER GRENZER UND DAS MÄDCHEN (2005), DIE MAUER - BERLIN '61 (2006)