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The Collini Case (2020)

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Critic Consensus: It stumbles a bit during its arguments, but strong performances and a suspenseful story help The Collini Case earn a winning verdict.

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THE COLLINI CASE centers on lawyer Caspar Leinen (Elyas M'Barek, Who Am I), who is confronted with a spectacular case when he is appointed by the court to defend 70-year-old German-Italian Fabrizio Collini (international screen icon Franco Nero), who has killed respected industrial magnate Hans Meyer (Manfred Zapatka, The Himmler Project) in his hotel suite, seemingly without motive. For Caspar, there is much more at stake than his first big case as a defense lawyer. The victim was the grandfather of his childhood sweetheart, Johanna (Alexandra Maria Lara, Doctor Zhivago), and was a surrogate father to him in his youth. In addition, Caspar has an adversary in his former criminal law professor and legendary defense lawyer Richard Mattinger (Heiner Lauterbach, Granny Nanny), who has been appointed the joint plaintiff representative. The case quickly becomes a high-profile event, as Collini refuses to divulge his reason for killing Meyer. As Caspar dives deeper and deeper into the case, he not only is confronted with the troubled past of the family he thought he knew so well, but he also uncovers one of the biggest judicial scandals in German history.

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Critic Reviews for The Collini Case

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (5)

There's a lot of dense plot and legal jargon to compress, but punchy editing ensures the film remains fast-paced and light on its feet.

September 12, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Questionable and vaguely predictable narrative choices.

September 9, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

This world of moral greys and justifications feels undeveloped and fails to come to life successfully.

September 7, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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It fails to rise above certain clichés, dulled further by stiff performances, and a clumsy handle on the movie's interwoven time periods.

June 5, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Unyielding suspense, a noteworthy theme about justice and unjust laws, very professional production elements and a history lesson make The Collini Case thoughtfully absorbing cinema.

June 4, 2020 | Full Review…

The film's direction by Marco Kreuzpaintner is sophisticated and competent: the acting is universally excellent.

November 5, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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