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      Combat Girls

      2011 1h 40m Drama List
      Reviews 68% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Marisa blames the decline of her country on minorities and she joins a Neo-Nazi group. She joins in several violent incidents until she meets a young Afghan refugee who changes her outlook. Read More Read Less

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      Britt Hayes ScreenCrush Combat Girls explores growth and maturation, but it also details the ways in which a strong woman exists in a staunchly misogynist culture and how she begins to remove herself from it. Feb 20, 2019 Full Review J Hurtado ScreenAnarchy To make a list of things that Combat Girls does well would be an intimidating task. Nov 6, 2017 Full Review Read all reviews

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      nick d Beautifully filmed naturalistic with understated performances over a brutalised reality. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Marisa is a young white supremacist skinhead who lives with her mother, works in the family store, and drinks and hangs out with other skinheads. Svenja is a middle-class teenager who slides into the skinhead group via a secret romance with a workman hired by her stepdad. Marisa's commitment to the skinhead ideology starts to wane when she forms an uneasy friendship with a young Afghan refugee. A rambling, but fairly powerful character study that draws a vivid portrait of this violent lifestyle. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member Even though many films have brilliantly shown the topic of neo-Nazism and its rise in contemporary society, Kriegerin ("Combat girls") focuses on the role of women in this environment. In the core of a strongly misogynistic ideology, women have to be twice as violent to impose themselves and find their own place. But it is not this exacerbate violence or hatred (even if it is realistic) that constitutes the strength of the movie, but the slowly change that takes place in Marisa thanks to an Afghan teen who she will help without really knowing why. Located in a cold economically fragile Germany, the boy will turn Marisa's life outside down. The symbolism of "a life lost is a life gained" is strong and the characters are colourful. The coup de grâce of the film comes from its poetry that is well-paced distilled and, between one aggression and another, manage to break through the film's cold colours, making it even more beautiful. Full review on our blog : https://losindiscretos.org/english/combat-girls-2011-david-wnendt Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Marisa (Alina Levshin), a 20-year-old German girl, hates foreigners, jews, cops, and everyone she finds guilty for the decline of her country. She provokes, drinks, fights and her next tattoo will be a portrait of Adolf Hitler. The only place she feels home is the Neo-Nazi gang she belongs to and with her boyfriend Sandro (Gerdy Zint), where hate, violence, and heavy parties are the daily rules. When 14-year-old Svenja (Jella Haase) joins the group, Marisa appears like a role model to her: she fits the purest idea of a combat girl fighting for the group's ideology. But Marisa's convictions will slowly evolve when she accidentally meets a young Afghan refugee. When confronted by him she learns that there´s two sides to the coin. Marisa needs to make radical changes to her life, but what will the consequences be? "Kriegerin" is in the line of Russell Crowe´s excellent "Romper Stomper" from 1992 but with a female protagonist and with the hot current topic of right wing extremists in Germany. However, we see that as well in so many other countries today. This is a strong, well made and difficult movie to see. The world and mindset the main characters move around in are filled with self loathing and hatred and it´s hard to understand how one can hate so much. The topic needs to be communicated in as many ways as possible and this is a good channel. I recognised Alina Levshin from the TV mini series "Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter" and she does a fabulous job here as Marisa, for which she well deserved won the best actress awards at the Deutscher Filmpreis awards and the São Paulo International Film Festival. "Kriegerin" wants to show the black and white in life and the different sides of things. And how hatred leeds to nothingness and death in the worst case scenario. Watch it and contemplate. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Impressionnant, violent, intense... Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member yes, no matter how desperate you get for an identity during your teen years, dont become a neo nazi. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Marisa blames the decline of her country on minorities and she joins a Neo-Nazi group. She joins in several violent incidents until she meets a young Afghan refugee who changes her outlook.
      Director
      David Wnendt
      Production Co
      Martens Film- und Fernsehproduktions GmbH, Das Kleine Fernsehspiel, Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen Konrad Wolf
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      German
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 6, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 40m