Based on actual events, this engrossing, richly substantial procedural thriller about a German attorney general’s fight to have an Auschwitz war criminal located and extradited for trial transcends your typical Nazi movie. Gingerly weaving together the professional and the personal, the judicial and the emotional, it rises above the dullness of a history lesson and really gets you invested in the hunt. Tech details are solid all around and Klaußner’s lead performance sizzles.
The People vs. Fritz Bauer | Directed by Lars Kraume (Germany 2015) with Burghart Klaußner, Ronald Zehrfeld. Starts October 1