Storm (Sturm)
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A prosecutor at a tribunal in the Hague attempts to convince a potential witness to testify in a crucial case against the man accused of deporting and killing Bosnian-Muslim civilians in a small town now known as the Republika Srpska in this tense courtroom drama from director Hans-Christian Schmid. Hannah Maynard is determined to make Goran Duric pay for his crimes against humanity. Her case is complicated, however, when a key witness in the trial becomes ensnared by the contradictions of his own testimony. In order to gain a better understanding of the facts of the case, the court sends a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Storm is harrowing, provocative and deeply probing yet quite involving."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"It may sound like a simple lawyer-fights-for-righteousness tale, but this ostensible thriller is really an examination of two courageous female protagonists, both of whom find defeat at the intersection of the personal and the political."
‑ Andrew Grant, Time Out New York
"Shot in an appropriately dry, non-sensational style, German director Hans-Christian Schmid's courtroom thriller does a decent job of exposing the complexities of the issue and the way bureaucratic cowardice can blight and skew morality."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"One of those issue-of-the-month co-productions by which Europe, between golden ages, makes a living."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"Well acted if somewhat stodgy, this bleak drama argues justice isn't only blind, but also pretty dumb."
‑ Neil Smith, Total Film
"A political thriller with real-world resonance."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"The writing by director Hans-Christian Schmid and Bernd Lange is more stilted and righteous than even the U.N. environs, with its humanity-embracing procedural-speak, calls for."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Village Voice
"It's a bit talky and office-bound, but is full of relevance as it looks at the thorny issue of justice in a politically charged situation"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Saved by the talent on display both in front of and behind the camera, Storm just about retains its title as an intense political thriller."
‑ Adrian Sandiford, Little White Lies
"The Hague's sterile offices and endless grey urban sprawl could have made Storm drab; thanks to the cool eye of the filmmaker and the two leads, it's anything but."
‑ Ross Bennett, Empire Magazine
"In this taut drama about the trial of a Bosnian Serb general from German director and co-writer Hans Christian Schmid, we see how justice can be subverted by interests as banal as international bureaucracy, despite the best intentions..."
‑ Billy Heller, New York Post
"Under the geopolitics is a strong undercurrent of sexual politics: the men secretly make their deals without a thought to the women whose lives and commitments are on the line."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"The rewards of this crisp, resigned drama revisiting the horrors of the Bosnian conflict are the same as its flaws."
‑ Catherine Shoard, Guardian
"Neither sexed-up nor dumbed-down, Storm is both absorbing and satisfying."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Radio Times
"Occasionally, the dialogue clunks but a winningly vulnerable performance from Marinca goes a long way to building up a picture of a compromised world of political horse-trading where even war criminals can get away with it."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
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