Before the Fall

Film, Drama

Time Out says

Dennis Gansel's heartfelt drama combines the coming-of-age, boxing and Nazi genres to explore Napola, a group of boarding schools that trained future Aryan leaders. Young Friedrich (Riemelt) attends one such academy on a full boxing scholarship; apolitical, he rightly sees enrolling as a way to escape working-class drudgery. He remains blind to the consequences—until he befriends Albrecht (Schilling), a slight, sensitive boy viewed with embarrassment by his cruel father, who happens to be one of the Führer's top administrators. The plot may be formulaic, but the film captures the scary seductiveness of fascism.

Details

Release details

Duration:
110 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Dennis Gansel
Screenwriter:
Dennis Gansel, Maggie Peren
Cast:
Max Riemelt
Tom Schilling
David Struesow
Justus von Dohnànyi
Martin Goeres