Marisa (Alina Levshin), a 20-year-old German girl, hates foreigners, jews, cops, and everyone she finds guilty for the decline of her country. She provokes, drinks, fights and her next tattoo will be a portrait of Adolf Hitler. The only place she feels home is the Neo-Nazi gang she belongs to and with her boyfriend Sandro (Gerdy Zint), where hate, violence, and heavy parties are the daily rules. When 14-year-old Svenja (Jella Haase) joins the group, Marisa appears like a role model to her: she fits the purest idea of a combat girl fighting for the group’s ideology. But Marisa’s convictions will slowly evolve when she accidentally meets a young Afghan refugee. When confronted by him she learns that there´s two sides to the coin. Marisa needs to make radical changes to her life, but what will the consequences be?

“Kriegerin” is in the line of Russell Crowe´s excellent “Romper Stomper” from 1992 but with a female protagonist and with the hot current topic of right wing extremists in Germany. However, we see that as well in so many other countries today. This is a strong, well made and difficult movie to see. The world and mindset the main characters move around in are filled with self loathing and hatred and it´s hard to understand how one can hate so much. The topic needs to be communicated in as many ways as possible and this is a good channel. I recognised Alina Levshin from the TV mini series “Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter” and she does a fabulous job here as Marisa, for which she well deserved won the best actress awards at the Deutscher Filmpreis awards and the São Paulo International Film Festival. “Kriegerin” wants to show the black and white in life and the different sides of things. And how hatred leeds to nothingness and death in the worst case scenario. Watch it and contemplate.
(4 out of 5)