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Storm

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Hannah Maynard, prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague, is leading a trial against a former commander of the Yugoslavian National Army who is accused of the deportation and later killing of dozens of Bosnian-Muslim civilians. When a key witness commits suicide, it looks like the case will unravel, however Hannah refuses to give in.

Hoping to uncover new findings, she travels to the witness' burial in Sarajevo and meets his sister Mira who she senses has much more to say than she is willing to admit. Despite threats of violence, Mira reluctantly agrees to testify at The Hague. However, she and Hannah must both risk life and limb to make it to the court, only to discover that there are traitors among their own ranks.

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Acting is across the boards splendid. --- Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter

Powerful and emotional! --- Cinema Without Borders

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Product Details

  • Actors: Kerry Fox, Anamaria Marinca, Stephen Dillane
  • Directors: Hans-Christian Schmid
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Film Movement
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2010
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002MQJ73G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,706 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Storm" on IMDb

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First and foremost, "Storm" is a crackling political thriller set in contemporary Europe. No, you won't find big-budget Hollywood special effects here. But this is a tale worthy of Hitchcock in which an innocent survivor of Serbian ethnic cleansing finds her entire family suddenly in danger wherever they turn.

When I popped the preview disc into my DVD player, I didn't move for 103 minutes. The storyline and direction is that well crafted. In the crime-drama genre, this is a "procedural"--showing us the risks and heartbreaking choices that arise in the day-to-day completion of a major human-rights case. At times, you might be reminded of "Law and Order" on a global scale.

But there's so much more in this film! That's why I'm strongly recommending "Storm." It's not only thrilling to watch and enlightening as a glimpse into European political intrigue. The film also is a powerful story about the overall cost of such investigations in the lives of survivors. Unfortunately, there are millions of survivors of crimes against humanity all around the world. Sometimes, as Americans, it's easy to say: Why don't they all come forward?

"Storm" answers that question. Yes, this is fiction. Survivor Mira Arendt's case is not a real case. But her story is truthful on a deep level. In this review, I don't want to spoil the twists and turns of the hair-raising plot, but I can say this: Mira passionately hopes that the Serbian architect of these crimes will be punished at the Hague. When events in the case take a shocking, tragic turn--and seem to be heading in the criminal's favor--Mira finally decides to come forward and reveal her own evidence.
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This movie is about bringing a war criminal to justice. It relates to the war that took place in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s but the same types of crimes continue in other countries today. The crimes are a filthy business but the movie shows that the work of trying to bring the guilty to justice can be a dirty business as well. The victims of the crimes can be victimized again in the effort.

We do not see any bloody flashbacks to show us the crimes committed. But the threats from those who don't want the truth come out is a menacing presence throughout the movie. I believe this is the most effective way to present the story and I appreciate the director's restraint.

The acting by the two female leads, Kerry Fox and Anamaria Marinca, is superb. This is an excellent film and I hope many others will watch it.

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<strong>Storm</strong> (Hans-Christian Schmid, 2009)

Hans-Christian Schmid has been directing films since the late eighties, but he got his first big buzz in America in 2006 with <em>Requiem</em> (which is basically the other half of the story of Anneliese Michel, which also came to screen in 2005 in <em>The Exorcism of Emily Rose</em>). For those of us seeing his work for the first time, Schmid provided ample evidence that he is capable of producing powerful, slow-moving drama about either demonic possession or a young woman slowly going insane, your call. (That the ambiguity still exists at the end of the film is one of its strongest points.) His follow-up was <em>Storm</em>, and it couldn't be any more different from <em>Requiem</em> if it tried: a tense courtroom drama dealing with ethnic cleansing in Yugoslavia during the civil war that split the country into modern-day Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, et al. If you want to show your versatility as a director, these would be two excellent films to do so in the shortest possible amount of time. And while <em>Storm</em> is no <em>Requiem</em>, it's a solid courtroom thriller that echoes the Nazi courtroom dramas of the fifties while staying entirely grounded in modern times.

Plot: Hannah (<em>Bright Star</em>'s Kerry Fox) is a war crimes tribunal prosecutor charged with bringing Croatian general Goran Duric (<em>Madonna</em>'s Drazen Kuhn) to justice for wartime atrocities during Operation Storm (Duric is based on real-life Storm commander Ante Gotovina, a truly nasty character; you can check out a bio on wikipedia. Short answer, at the end of the real-life trial, he went to prison for twenty-four years).
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****1/2

"Storm" is a superb drama about the continuing search for justice for crimes committed in the 1990s during the war in Bosnia.

The brilliant Kerry Fox stars as Hannah Maynard, a prosecutor working at the Haige, who is mounting a case against a Yugoslavian army commander, Goran Duric (Drazen Kuhn), who may have played a part in Serbian ethnic cleansing. The equally affecting Anamaria Marinca plays Mira, a young woman who was repeatedly raped under Duric's orders, but who has since moved to Germany to try and forget the past and to start a new life with her husband and young son. Yet, under Hannah's insistence, Mira is eventually convinced to do the right thing - i.e. to come forward as a witness against Duric - at great personal risk to herself and her family.

The screenplay by Bernd Lange and director Hans-Christian Schmid is multi-layered and complex, with each character emerging as a fully fleshed-out human being. Hannah is largely motivated by a righteous zeal and a desire to see true justice achieved through the court of law. Yet, there are moments when her motives are brought into question, when even the man she is dating accuses her of using the case more as a stepping-stone in her career than as a means of achieving a noble ideal. Similarly, Mira is torn between the desire to see that justice is finally done and the understandable need to secure a safe and peaceful life for her and her family. But there are more than issues of mere justice involved here, for by suppressing the horrors of what happened to her in the past, Mira has, in many ways, prevented herself from moving on with her life, a condition she may be able to rectify if she agrees to testify against Duric.
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