Der Räuber

Der Räuber

The robber

Streaming Video - 2010 | German
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A champion marathoner leads a double life as a serial bank robber, sprinting between fixes and away from police cavalcades, as many as three times a day. A lean, visceral study of pathological compulsion from Austrian director Benjamin Heisenberg, featuring a riveting central performance by Andreas Lust.
Publisher: [United States] : Kino Lorber, 2010.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 101 min.)) :,sd., col.
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Oct 13, 2018

This Austrian/German production deals with a loner who is addicted to running as well as robbing banks. As the film progressed he developed some kind of relationship with a girl and this threw him off balance a tad. The acting and directing are both OK but my problem is the protagonist is simply not a pleasant, likable character. So as the film approaches its end I kind of feel relieved it is over and welcome the ending for the lead man. Subtitles.

Jun 28, 2012

Super boring. This is the plot: run race / training, rob bank, run race / training, rob bank, repeat.

Glencoe_Mike May 23, 2012

Definitely exciting but it seemed to want to imply depth that wasn't there. Still, not an unenjoyable portrait of an antisocial adrenaline junkie.

Apr 07, 2012

A cold, austere, and ultimately boring look at an obsessive-compulsive thief whose existential being, belies his zest for life fulfilment. An 'ordinary' life within civilization as we know it - is not for him. A seemingly ordinary guy... he's climbed one of this world's mountains, and reached its top - he's a world-class champion marathoner! So why then - outside of offering us this unusual dichotomy as the film's interesting premise - is the film so bereft of true emotions - so damn empty of any real human connectivity? It leaves you to think: The robber's either got a death wish - or he secretly wants to be caught... thus belying his lust for ill-gained success, and his inexplicable thrill of danger. P.S. Sorry - but I don't see voisjoe1's comparison... the non-descript actor in this flick's got "nothing" on Paul Newman (COOL HAND LUKE), or Humphrey Bogart (HIGH SIERRA)! Even Ryan O'Neal in THE THIEF WHO CAME TO DINNER ( an ol' stinker-mystery-thief, flick) - is more interesting!

Apr 04, 2012

While I do agree with the point made in one review that it would have been nice to know what led the protagonist to become this obsessive individual, it was still an excellent, naturalistic, movie. The runner/robber didn't care what made him behave the way he did; he chose simply to feed his addiction. Andreas Lust as the titular robber is brilliant. Despite Johann's crimes and cold, remote, demeanour, I was actually hoping he'd escape his destiny.

Mar 16, 2012

Original story about a man who became a world class marathon runner and bank robber after released from prison where he trained on a treadmill. Interesting character study of the main character as an ex-con, a loner and relationship with a woman. More in wiki:

voisjoe1 Mar 08, 2012

Wow! This was a great find. A lot of action with good character development. It has some resemblances to Cool Hand Luke and High Sierra. A top notch thriller that keeps you trying to determine the motivation. I think you get it in some of the dialog, but you have to be paying attention. See this movie!

Dec 25, 2011

Not sure where all the good ratings are coming from. If you are comparing it to all the low-budget indie movies, perhaps. But as a general entertainment vehicle, this was definitely not an exhilarating film. Nor does it give you great insight, character development, any interesting plot, etc. Acting was not bad, however. Key actor played the title character with an intensity that highlights the guy's obsession/addiction. The fact the film never bothered (or tried and failed) to provide any background info just left a lot of "huh?" at the end - not very satisfying.

Nov 05, 2011

I saw this in theatres...and loved it! It is an amazingly made movie with awesome actors and a good script. See it when it gets on the library shelves.

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