The state I am in

The state I am in

Die innere Sicherheit

DVD - 2009 | German
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Together with their adolescent daughter, two former terrorists have been living underground in Portugal for years. Complications arise when their daughter falls in love and the family's secret life is revealed. On the run, they return to Germany where the parents end up robbing a bank.


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May 26, 2018

An interesting and nuanced film about a couple (former RAF members) on the run with their teenaged daughter.

Aug 18, 2015

The movie has too many coincidences which conveniently serve the plot but hold little logic in them. A few more explanations would come in handy. However, thanks to excellent acting, it is a credible coming of age story, if not a great thriller. Hollywood takes on a similar theme are Running on Empty (earlier) and The Company You Keep (recent).

Mar 01, 2015

If what you seek in film-watching is something thrilling but beyond the usual thriller fare, this is likely to hit the spot. A German film that, despite its middling budget and unknown actors, provides an outstanding treatment of an unusual theme--the impassable horizons to human knowing--through an unexpectedly fresh plot.
This involves a couple and their teen daughter trying to remain unnoticed while on the run, deep in a life of roving criminality. The intrigue is about the bubble they must stay within to avoid detection, the partial picture they must convey to every outsider from Portugal to Germany when, following one or two contretemps, their situation turns increasingly desperate.
Their 15-year-old (played with quiet brilliance by Julia Hummer) wants a friend, a life, or some love--even of the noisy kind her parents seem to have in adjacent rooms. After all, while she nears despair about having led a life in near-isolation, it seems to give them pause or maybe delight or at least relief from the skulking and solitude that weighs so heavily on all of them.
It especially weighs on her, now that she's reached pubescence. But this is where their problems begin. A boyfriend emerges, it's not quite clear from where, but she can only give him lies about who she is, where she lives, and what she and her parents are doing. This mirrors, precisely, the very partial grasp we, the viewers, have of why the family lives as they do, what thwarted their scheme to flee to new lives in Sao Paulo, why they seem caught without alternatives, where an old ally who emerges fits, and where they may all end up.
Among the puzzles to piece together, we occasionally see black-and-white CCTV snatches, very likely of police inching closer to them. They never really enter the movie's frame, so the segments may reflect a retrospective take on the parents' attempted bank robbery, which does not work quite as they'd planned.
The family is also scammed by another group of criminals, their apartment is robbed, an effort is made to restore previously obtained loot, and an old outlaw-partner schemes to help them out of their bind. In the midst of all this, informants may be conniving against them, dogged police work may be hounding them, or perhaps they are betrayed. Still, this multi-layered theme of incomplete vision, including what transpires in the end, are adroitly interwoven in the film, and executed seamlessly.
Directed by Christian Petzold, someone to watch for, this brilliant little movie is well worth catching, and likely to haunt for days afterward.

Dec 24, 2014

This year 2000 film from Germany is watchable for its sure-footed acting and directing, and its subdued suspense. However, the plot doesn't quite engage me enough, and much of the background info was not explained well. In my view it was over-rated by the critics at that time. In German with subtitles.

voisjoe1 Nov 28, 2013

“The State I am in” (2000) is the first theatrical film of highly praised German director, Christian Petzold. It is the story of a fugitive couple and their teenage daughter, trying to elude the authorities in Portugal, when their existence is threatened and they must try to escape to Brazil. A very realistic portrayal of such a family, as they try to find a way to gather money for their escape, while the daughter ponders how she ended up living her life as a fugitive without friends or relatives, etc.

Nov 04, 2012

Garbage. This movie makes no sense.


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Dec 24, 2014

Other: Plenty of scenes of lighting up a cigarette, including by teenagers.


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