Der Goldene Handschuh (2019)
Written by (based on the book by Heinz Strunk):
Fatih Akin (Auf der anderen
Seite) wrote and directed this quite impressive delve into the
habits – if not psyche – of one of Germany's most brutal and notorious
serial killers of the late 20th century. The film is realistic and
gruelling, almost to a degree of feeling exploitative. Rarely has
killing been made to look uglier and more lowly than Akin does here.
Still, he shies away from depicting the most visceral details, and for
that the film retains a certain dignity in the midst of the bleakness.
Akin is more interested in showing the pathetic and pathological than
the monstrous side of the murderer. That being said, and despite an
impressive attention to detail, the film paints a somewhat detached and
emotionless picture of the events. And perhaps that is the only way for
dealing comprehensively with this type of subject matter. If you're
willing to go with that, Der goldene Handscuch also is a
wonderful time travel. Akin is a brilliant observer and recreator of
atmosphere. His version of 1970s Germany here is vivid and particular,
and it will definitely ring true for anyone who ventured in these areas
during the 1970s or 80s. Young Jonas Dassler gives a remarkable
performance as the killer Fritz Honka, well helped by brilliant make-up.
And there are also daring supporting performance, with no hints of
vanity, by a number of the female supporting players.