Beyer's film is a study of prison life and of personality. A young German soldier is imprisoned after the end of the war in 1945: is he wittingly or unwittingly a war criminal? Are the other inmates more dangerous than the guards? Never less than interesting, the film is flawed by a central inconsistency of approach: never quite a study of the minutiae and banality of the day-to-day existence of the prisoner, it also never fully explores the possibilities of a potentially Kafka-esque situation.
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