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Hannah Arendt

Goodness knows there’s a fascinating film to be made about the titular philosopher, writer and theorist, but this sure ain’t it. That’s mostly because director Margarethe von Trotta chooses to home in on a key moment of Arendt’s last years—when she covered the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann for The New Yorker—while skimming over her years as a student and lover of Martin Heidegger and her escape from Nazi-occupied France. This candy-colored, overacted biopic instead relies on too many scenes of Arendt staring wistfully out of a window, smoking, as she struggles with Jewish guilt and “the banality of evil.”

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  • Genres: Docudrama
  • Running Time: 113 minutes
  • Country: Germany
  • Language: German
  • Critic's Score: C-
  • Starring: Barbara Sukowa [Hannah Arendt], Axel Milberg [Heinrich Blücher], Janet McTeer [Mary McCarthy], Julia Jentsch [Lotte], Ulrich Noethen [Hans Jonas], Michael Degen [Kurt Blumenfeld]
  • Directed by: Margarethe von Trotta [Director], Margarethe von Trotta [Screenwriter], Pam Katz [Screenwriter]
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