Hollywood often turns out scripts for movies that, when watching the final result, you find yourself rolling your eyes and muttering to yourself, “really?!” You’ve certainly seen mysteries, thrillers and horror tales that are so convoluted that even the “suspension of disbelief” can’t save them.
Enter French filmmaker Vincent Garenq and the Distrib Films release of In Her Name, which is the story about the mysterious death of a 14-year old girl and the cat-and-mouse legal — and extralegal — game between a father and stepfather that unfolds. Icarus Films announced this past week that this French-language import will be making its domestic DVD debut on Jan. 16.
So this is just a French version of a Hollywood script mash-up, right? A girl dies under mysterious circumstances, the father accuses the stepfather of murder and France (the home of the father) and Germany (where the stepfather lived and the teenager died) refuse to cooperate with each other over the “incident.” Eventually the father takes matters into his own hands and has the stepfather kidnapped, spirited out of Germany and into France … and France agrees to put him on trial for murder!
Now who on this planet is going to believe a story like that? Well, get ready for this, In Her Name, is based on actual events!!!
The film is based on the case of Kalinka Bamberski, played in the movie by Emma Bessonm, who was living with her stepfather, Dieter Krombach (Sebastian Koch — Bridge of Spies, A Good Day to Die Hard, etc.), in Germany when she died under mysterious circumstances. Her grieving father, upon reading the autopsy report, becomes convinced that it was no accident.
Germany both refused to prosecute or extradite Krombach for the crime. France agreed to try him in absentia, but the verdict of manslaughter was set-aside. With the statute of limitations clock ticking down to zero, a plot was hatched to kidnap Krombach and deliver him to French authorities for an official trial. What happened next was a real eye-opener!
Filmmaker Garenq delivers an intense thriller that follows the events, plus there are some major shocks in store for the viewer … was justice served? On Jan. 16 Icarus Films will reveal it all with the domestic DVD rollout of In Her Name.
In Her Name is presented in French (with some German) and English subtitles.