Film Review: Spravedlnost pro Mou Dceru

This year, the French Film Festival brings you a lot of cinematic masterpieces, amongst which is an impressive French-German drama “Au nom de ma fille” by Vincent Garenq. The plot is based on a true story of the Kalinka Bamberski case that took place in 1982, and the painful struggle of Andre Bamberski to bring justice to his daughter.                   The narrative is constructed around several time frames, including moments of Kalinka’s childhood before Bamberski (Daniel Auteuil) separated with his wife Dani (Marie-Josée Croze), who developed a close relationship with a family friend, Dr. Krombach (Sebastian Koch), that later grew into romance. In July 1982, Bamberski receives a shocking phone call delivering the news of his 14 year old daughter’s sudden death. The girl and her brother had gone to visit their mum and Dr. Krombach in his hometown of Lindau in southwestern Germany, when one morning Kalinka was found dead in her bed. How many of us have ever lost a person close to our heart, be it a relative or friend? The strength of pain and sorrow we go through cannot compare with any other feeling or emotion a human ever experiences. Naturally feeling utterly heartbroken after German coroners concluded she died of natural causes, Andre refuses to accept the decision and determines to find out the truth.                                                                                                 Dr. Krombach’s behavior and suspicious autopsy report arouse many disturbing questions. With the help of French magistrates and further investigation Bamberski is convinced his daughter was raped and killed, more so after Krombach received a 2-year suspended rape sentence of a 16-year-old girl. The next 27 years hold a frustrating battle for Andre to imprison the doctor, the shameful abuser of his little girl, despite all complications and challenges from German and French legal systems. Bamberski’s story is the true epitome of stubborn and passionate determination to get justice for somebody he loves despite ruining his own life. The film premieres in Prague on November 24, 2016 in Světozor big screening hall.

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