Monday, April 25, 2016

Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas (2013)

Cannes Film Festival 2013

Palme d'Or
Arnaud des Pallières

Music Box Films
Directed by Arnaud des Pallières
My rating: 2 stars out of 4

A horse trader is swindled out of some of his best stock by a baron while trying to cross a river. After he finds the horses have been mistreated and his loyal servant beaten by the baron's men, he files a complaint with the court through his lawyer. The baron's influence gets it rejected and his wife is beaten to death. The horse trader assembles a group of locals to get justice as well as revenge on the baron. Based on a German legend, the story is marred by unnecessary explicit sex scenes and graphic violence. Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen is aloof as the lead character.

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