Gallery: The Robber
Benjamin Heisenberg’s The Robber, a muted character study based on Austria’s most prolific bank robber, resides somewhere on the fringes of the heist genre, both in terms of its abstract themes and coldly restrained style. The film is adapted from Martin Prinz’s novel of the same name about real-life long distance runner and criminal Johann Kastenberger, who tormented police with his daring robberies in the 1980’s. Heist films come in all shapes and sizes, dimensions and demeanors. The great examples, whether it’s the serpentine structure of Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing or the epically cool landscape of Michael Mann’s Heat, keep characters on the razor’s edge of perception. It’s not just about the heist, but the devilish details of the individual downfall.
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