2020, Oliver Rihs, Drama
LENGTH: 119 min
COUNTRY: Germany, Switzerland
LANGUAGE: Swiss-German & German w/English subtitles
DIRECTOR: Oliver Rihs
CAST: Marie Leuenberger, Joel Basma, Jella Haase
CREW: SCREENWRITER: Dave Tucker; CO-WRITERS: Oliver Rihs, Norbert Maass, Ivan Madeo, Oliver Keidel; CINEMATOGRAPHER: Felix von Muralt; EDITOR: Andreas Radtke; MUSIC: Beat Solèr; PRODUCER: Ivan Madeo, Stefan Eichenberger, Urs Frey, Jan Krüger, Jörg Trentmann; CO-PRODUCER: Thomas Reisser, Marcus Machura
In Caged Birds, Barbara “Babs” Hug (Marie Leuenberger, The Divine Order) is a young radical lawyer fighting Switzerland’s antiquated prison system in the 1980s, and finds it to be an endless, draining battle. She is tracked down by Walter Stürm (Joel Basman, The Monuments Men), who has just managed to escape from prison…again…and hands her a secret file not supposed to have left the prison. Although a good-hearted soul at his core, Stürm uses his newfound freedom to commit another crime, and soon finds the police closing in. Using her connections, Babs finds Stürm temporary refuge with a militant organization, and takes him on as a client in hopes of using the publicity to advance her cause. Stürm, however, has a very different ideology of freedom, and proves to be more difficult to manage than Babs realizes. Based on a true story.
“a masterpiece from start to finish”
“Aesthetically well-matched, this acting pair breathes life into two strong characters who are subsequently burned onto our brains for a very long time.”
“Caged Birds could have easily slipped into neo-noir cliches, yet it successfully avoids empty platitudes. Its cinematography is very elegant, with grainy images, sombre silhouettes and inventive angles throughout. The performances and heartfelt and convincing. Ultimately, this is the perfect balance between a crime caper, political thriller and philosophical essay.”
“Swiss director and co-writer Oliver Rihs takes a serious step into the big time with this gripping saga, a story that begins escape-artist jaunty and occasionally finds its way back there even as the story turns grimmer.”
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