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The Baader Meinhof Complex (2009) Director Uli Edel's docudrama The Baader Meinhof Complex (a 2008 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film) looks at the virus of leftist terrorism that… 2009-08-26 R PT150M Biography Drama Foreign Language Moritz Bleibtreu Martina Gedeck Bruno Ganz Vitagraph Films
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The Baader Meinhof Complex (2009)

MPAA Rating: R

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Left Wing Conspiracy Johanna Wokalek and Moritz Bleibtreu plot terrorism in The Baader Meinhof Complex
Left Wing Conspiracy Johanna Wokalek and Moritz Bleibtreu plot terrorism in The Baader Meinhof Complex
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Limited Release: Aug 26, 2009; Rated: R; Length: 150 Minutes; Genres: Biography, Drama, Foreign Language; With: Moritz Bleibtreu and Martina Gedeck; Distributor: Vitagraph Films

Director Uli Edel's docudrama The Baader Meinhof Complex (a 2008 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film) looks at the virus of leftist terrorism that swept West Germany beginning in 1970, but the film charts this phenomenon with a kind of nagging neutrality. For two and a half hours, Edel lays out the bombings, kidnappings, and murders committed by the Baader-Meinhof group, which mutated into the RAF. He catches the violently delusional self-righteousness of their antifascist fervor, but as individuals these cultish guerrillas remain opaque. C+

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Originally posted Sep 02, 2009 Published in issue #1064 Sep 11, 2009 Order article reprints