If Not Us, Who? (Wer Wenn Nicht Wir) trailer arrives
The trailer for If Not Us, Who? does present a much more dramatic and driven film than the one I just saw at the Glasgow Film Festival this year.
The film sounds interesting from the blurbs I'd read and the trailers I'd seen, including this one, but instead it felt overly long, skipped across the main issues, and merely told us about the two people's lives instead of offering us something more about them. While others liked it, it didn't hold onto me.
If Not Us, Who? (Wer Wenn Nicht Wir) blurb, which you can read below, is split almost equally into two paragraphs with the second paragraph carrying the really interesting part of the story and the one that could provide for the most drama, however this second paragraph doesn't make up half of the film, far from it, and the level of drama you might expect from the story of a relationship with Baader which led to joining his group and carrying out terrorist acts is hugely disappointing.
Here's the blurb for the film:
West Germany, early 1960s. Bernward Vesper, son of an infamous Nazi author, and Gudrun Ensslin begin a passionate romance in the restless atmosphere of provincial Germany. Carrying the burden of the older generation's Nazi history on their young shoulders, they become part of the global uprising, joining forces with leftist writers and political activists.
As the idealistic Bernard risks his sanity to write a world-changing novel, an increasingly radicalised Gudrun embarks on an affair with the charismatic Andreas Baader. Leaving behind her husband and son, Gudrun, Baader and their comrades lead the prominent Red Army Faction to become one of the most notorious terror groups in history.
If Not Us, Who? tells the radical love story behind the explosive revolution.
While I didn't expect huge explosions and such, I did feel that the film should have made more of this side of the story and didn't do a great job of presenting the weight of some of the events throughout these people's lives.
Sympathy for the characters dulled as the film went on and it felt as though I was lost in a group of people who were talking about something I had no interest in or understanding of, and perhaps that's the problem, if I had then maybe this film would have been better.
As my feelings go the trailer does try and sell a more dramatic film than the one I saw, If Not Us, Who? (Wer Wenn Nicht Wir) is a film that is much slower, more introspective, and quite a bit more inaccessible.
Here's the trailer through TrailerAddict: