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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Witness [UK Import] (DVD)
When I first read the plot of his film I thought "An ordinary thriller with a love story - typical". Then, I watched this film and was really stunned:
In the story the modern world collides with the Amish people. It begins on an Amish settlement in Pennsylvania where for 200 years a religious community has been living which is a group of outsiders, hasn't got any technology (only gas lanterns) and lives a rural lifestyle. Horses and carriages are like cars of the people in the modern world for them.
The next scene shows us a funeral. An Amish man died. The widow, named Rachel (played by Kelly McGillis) and her son, named Samuel leave on a train journey . In the train station in Philadelphia, Samuel witnesses a murder. A police officer, named John Book (played by Harrison Ford) takes care of the case and also of Samuel and Rachel.
When it turns out that the police department itself is implicated in the killing, John decides to drive with Samuel and Rachel to the Amish lands of Pennsylvania because their lives are all in danger.
At this point, in my point of view, the story really begins. The viewer gets to know the Amish lifestyle and is caught in the story: Now it turns into an intelligent love story connected with the conflict between the two worlds which are crashing together and also connected with a little amount of suspense and thrill.
The viewer starts to feel with the characters. The unreachable love between John and Rachel builds up tension: The viewer knows that this special relationship between the two would not make any sense because their worlds are too different but in everyone of us, there is this romantic sense and hope. What thing counts more than true love for us?
The dialogues change from short dialogues (for action scenes) to really well developed dialogues. This combination keeps the film flowing and implicates the viewer directly into the film, into the story and the two different worlds. At the end, when they two are kissing, the viewer can feel the passion and special connection between them. It's some kind of relief for the viewer.
Harrison Ford perfectly fits into his role. He is very charismatic and manly. Kelly McGillis also plays a perfect role: On the one hand she plays a shy and religious Amish woman on the other hand, she is a very attractive woman who just wants to do what she really wants.
The director, Peter Weir makes this film to a masterpiece which should be seen by everybody. It's stunning, thrilling and sweeping.
This film is the evidence that also bloodless films can be very suspicious and intelligent at the same time!