After 20 years in prison, Jorg, a Red Army Fraction terrorist who has committed four murders, is suddenly pardoned and released. His sister Christiane invites a group of his former friends to a weekend at her dilapidated house in the country to welcome him back.
Twenty years before, each of these friends had revolutionary ideals. Now each of them has a secure place in society. Henner has become a journalist, Andreas is a lawyer, Ulrich a businessman, Karin a bishop and Ilse a teacher. Their wives and children, a present-day revolutionary sympathiser called Marco, and Jorg’s estranged son Ferdinand are also of the party. Das Wochenende examines how their feelings have changed in the interval. It debates both the validity of Jorg’s political aims, and how these aims now appear, post 9/11 and Iraq. It is also a psychological examination of the neuroses, passions and fears of its characters.
The basic plot of Das Wochenende is exciting, its subject matter timely, and its treatment assured. Back to old times.