- Director: Dennis Gansel
- Writer: Dennis Gansel; Maggie Peren
- Producer: Viola Jager; Harald Kugler
Prepare yourself for a fine piece of work.
There is so much between the lines - and, that is solely down to skillful direction.
Gansel should be commended - he has co-created a script that leaves his opinions on the outside.
A time when people who thought they were right - although they were wrong, told from the perspectives of the people then by the people now.
It really is that good.
In 1942, Friedrich Weimer's boxing skills get him an appointment to a National Political Academy (NaPolA) - high schools that produce Nazi elite. Over his father's objections, Friedrich enrolls, seeing this as his ticket out of factory life to university and a good salary. During his year in seventh column (fifth form), this innocence is altered as Friedrich encounters hazing, cruelty, death, and the Nazi code. His friendship with Albrecht, the ascetic son of the area's governor, is central to this education; a night in the forest hunting for escaped Russian POWs brings things to a head.