Die Stille nach dem Schuß (The Legend of Rita) (The Legends of Rita)
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Die Stille nach dem Schuß (The Legend of Rita) (The Legends of Rita)
Noted German director Volker Schlondorff helms this riveting exploration of 1970s West German political terrorism. The film opens with Rita (Bibiana Beglau) reminiscing to her unseen friend Tatjana of her life as a radical. Cut to a flashback of her along with her like-minded colleagues robbing a bank. Later while traveling from Beirut to East Berlin, she is carted away for questioning. When the interrogators learn of Rita's vocation, Stasi officer Erwin (Martin Wuttke) releases her and tells her to consult him if she needs help. After she botches the breakout of her boyfriend Andi (Harald… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film could have been an insightful examination of the East/West divide that kept Germany apart for almost half a century. Instead, the film's early potential slows to a halt, and the predictable machine of melodrama takes over...""
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
""The Legend of Rita" works on many levels - as a character study, a political and historical document and a contrast of East and West."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Excellent performances by lead actors Beglau and Martin Wuttke...as well as an unforgettable performance by Nadja Uhl...humanize the unfamiliar internal politics of Germany."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"But there's the problem with character's past...that Baglau portrays Rita as a sweet young thing is just disconcerting."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette