Netflix has become the very melting pot of universal cinematic cultures in contemporary times. It has established itself as a platform where diverse methods of filmmaking from all over the world come together to celebrate the power of cinema. Right from the Western part of the globe including America, to the Eastern sphere including India, Netflix boasts them all. With such a varied group of nationalities, the omniscient German industry has some great uploads on Netflix. Esteemed filmmakers like Luis Bunuel and Werner Herzog have paved the way for German films to be considered at par with quality cinema, and the new age visionaries haven’t disappointed. Here is the list of really good German movies on Netflix.
12. Generation War (2013)
‘Generation War’ isn’t a typical film, wherein it is divided into three installments part of a miniseries. But as with Kieslowski’s ‘Dekalog’ and the new-era of television where miniseries often are like ten-hour films, ‘Generation War’ is a deeply engrossing film. The eccentric and harrowing context of the World War II becomes the cradle for five young friends, as they navigate destruction around them. Spread over a course of four years, ‘Generation War’ presents an unvarnished and unadulterated portrait of Germany’s dealings in the war and takes on the challenge with the unprecedented craftiness of prefacing friendship and love in the direst of times, in the midst of destruction and misery.
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11. Das Experiment (2001)
A group of twenty young men concedes their life and identities for two weeks for an experiment. Tarek, an undercover reporter, finds an Air Force Major, who discuss the nature of this experiment. The group is divided between guards and prisoners, and thus begins a game of phases that rattles out the very life out of them. ‘Das Experiment’s confrontational narrative style and fast-paced plotline are seemingly incongruous to how German films normally are. The brief moments that aren’t thrilling, are replaced by harrowing imagery and internal conflicts of the characters, leaving no space for the viewer to catch its breath. Thought-provoking, clever, and immensely engaging, ‘Das Experiment’ emerges a triumphant effort well-worthy of your time.