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Der Fall Collini (2019)

Drama | 123 minutes
3,71 247 votes

Genre: Drama / Crime

Duration: 123 minuten

Alternative title: The Collini Case

Country: Germany

Directed by: Marco Kreuzpaintner

Stars: Elyas M'Barek, Alexandra Maria Lara and Heiner Lauterbach

IMDb score: 7,3 (13.097)

Releasedate: 18 April 2019

Der Fall Collini plot

"A crime without a motive. A lawyer without experience. A judicial system without a memory."

An old industrialist is murdered in a Berlin hotel. The perpetrator, an Italian car mechanic, confesses to the murder but remains silent about his motive. Caspar Leinen is the young lawyer who takes the case. While investigating the case, Caspar comes across one of the biggest judicial scandals in German history and a truth no one wants to know.

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Caspar Leinen

Richard Mattinger

Young Hans Meyer

Staatsanwalt Dr. Reimers

Fabrizio Collini

Bernhard Leinen

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avatar van AniSter


  • 1994 messages
  • 1541 votes

I started this film without any prior knowledge. What a great movie! And it's really good that this subject is exposed in a German film. I have nothing to say about this at all. Captivating and exciting from start to finish and so beautifully portrayed. It's been a long time since a movie caught me like that. Ich bin wirklich sehr tief beeindruckt!

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avatar van userDook


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Thought it would be boring to watch first but it is a really good story well worth it will keep you fascinated until the last minute

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avatar van mrklm


  • 8551 messages
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Newly graduated lawyer Caspar Leinen [Elyas M'Barek] is accidentally assigned a case in which he must defend the murderer of 84-year-old Hans Meyer [Manfred Zapatka], a man who was a father figure during Caspar's childhood. . Despite the potential conflict of interest, he takes on the defense of Fabrizio Collini [Franco Nero], who confessed to the murder but is silent as to his motive. As a result, Caspar comes up against his childhood friend Johanna [Alexandra Maria Lara], Hans Mayer's granddaughter. In addition, his mentor Prof. dr. Richard Mattinger [Heiner Lauterbach] the role of prosecutor per se. Without his client's cooperation, Caspar struggles to learn more about his client's past, making discoveries that shed a completely different light on the case.

An unnecessarily complicated plot and the little-subtle direction by Marco Kreuzpainter, who uses all the clichés in the flashbacks and the finale to evoke emotion in the viewer, as well as the stereotypical portrayal of Lauterbach as the haughty accuser, detract from this. to a relevant piece of German judicial history. However, Franco Nero makes a big impression as the taciturn accused who tries to hide a big secret, especially when he drops his stoic mask. But the shortcomings of this historic courtroom drama result in a dramatic impact that is more equal to that of an average Perry Mason episode than, say, Judgment at Nuremberg (1961 ) or 12 Angry Men (1957).

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