Look who is back is a film that obliges us to face an extremely inconvenient truth, although its greatness lies in its ability to turn this epiphany in the most comfortable and comical act.
Before facing the discovery of the truth, let’s get to know the plot: the film is shot as a documentary of sorts, the director of which is a journalist for a decaying German newspaper dealing with a renovation of staff and directorship. It is only because of certain events that this journalist meets Hitler himself. The Nazi dictator doesn’t understand why and how come he is back, but evidently he doesn’t let the opportunity to take over the world again slip through his fingers.
The peculiar duet begins a journey together across Germany, from East to West, during which Hitler finds out how it is possible to conquest the German people support without weapons but through a much more efficient tool: the media. It doesn’t take long for the Extreme Right wing of the Parliament to take advantage of the situation in order to gain more political support from the situation but, surprisingly, Hitler shares values carried on by the Left wing parties as well (such as the importance of safeguarding the environment). During this improvised political and mediatic campaign, the journalist and Hitler get to know better each other, and the journalist starts to think that Hitler is the real one. On the contrary, people believe that this Hitler is just a fake, an undoubtedly great actor but a fake, so they are not afraid of expressing their real opinions, convinced of being filtered by the sarcasm and mockery of the situation. This is the real brilliance of the film: people for once express their real opinions (quite unexpected ones to tell the truth) because they feel part of a game. Who would have been able to say that, in fact, the whole film shot as a documentary… was actually a documentary on a social experiment in which German people were taking part without knowing?
The genius of the film is to make us face that the rising extreme political views in Europe have always been lying to us, stemming from a sick seed that was only thought to be uprooted. Racism, violence, populism are still between us and, even if you consider yourself the most neutral and least racist people, you will be questioning yourself while watching the film and perhaps you will do a double-take when you will realise the real approach you have towards the most unrealistic fact: reality is much worse than imagination.
– Chiara Merlino, Correspondent (Film)