Before the Fall (2004)

Director
Dennis Gansel

Main cast
Max Riemelt; Tom Schilling; Jonas Jägermeyr; Leon A. Kersten; Devid Striesow

Genres
Drama

Description
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. During his year in seventh column,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.


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