A modern morality tale

    TERRORISM: After a chance encounter with Carlos the Jackal, artist and filmmaker Ulrike Schaz remains on secret service records years later.

    It’s the summer of 1975 and Ulrike Schaz is in love in the most romantic city in Europe. She’s just returned to Paris from a weekend at a rambling old farmhouse in Normandy with her handsome French boyfriend Jean Marie Leleu. They spend the day roaming around and driving out to Versailles before dropping to a farewell party for a Venezuelan student friend of Jean Marie’s.

    In any other universe, this could be the beginning of a romantic novel, full of delightful twists and turns, passionate lovemaking, and jealousies provoked. In Ulrike’s universe, it was the day that turned the earth on its axis, when fate dealt her a hand that had labeled her a terrorist in many countries ever since.

    Nearly half a century later, in Paris – No day without you, Ulrike tells her story – with the help of old friends – in a compellingly personal manner, where she weaves the back story of her family and upbringing into the events that changed – and charted – the course of her life.

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    Paris – No day without You, a film by Ulrike Schaz

    Revolutionary Causes

    Jean Marie, the privileged son of a good family, had met Ulrike on the shores of Lake Constance near her hometown of Tuttlingen when she was 17. After losing contact for a few years, Jean Marie wrote to her and – their romance rekindled – she moved to Paris and the young couple threw themselves into the bohemian left-wing intellectual scene.

    Jean Marie had a lot of friends, most of them, like him, dedicated to revolutionary causes.

    In today’s world of frequent terrorist incidents often perpetrated by extreme Islamists, it is easy to forget that in the Europe of the 1970s terrorism was also a constant threat – with various revolutionary groups such as the Baader-Meinhof Gang and RAF (the Red Army Faction) – carrying out assassinations of senior political figures and others seen as members of a hated capitalist . . .

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    Nick Holdsworth
    Our regular critic. Journalist, writer, author. Works mostly from Central and Eastern Europe and Russia.
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