Valley of the Innocent | 2002
Lonely, mixed-race Eva returns to her hometown of Dresden for the first time since reunification, desperately seeking reconciliation of her own. She visits the orphanage where she was an alienated little girl yearning for the golden plaits of her Aryan sisters. This journey into her forgotten past takes her straight into the heart of the Stasi - East Germany's secret police - and reveals a convoluted plot to hide her birth, protect a family name and attract recruits to the government's spy ring. Eva's family secrets metaphorically mirror Germany's suppressed history: both have remained boxed up, filed away and shrouded by shame, until now. The secret Eva uncovers leads to murder. When she turns up for her first day at her new job - a position, we discover, that has motivated her return to Dresden - she realizes that, as Chief of the Homicide Department, the first case she must solve involves her own family's past. A classic, claustrophobic noir, Valley of the Innocent is a thriller with a twist.