I've known about this film for a few years and had only heard good about it. After watching it today I don't understand why the critics unite in praising it. Rather than being a consistent narrative it rambles on from one story to another, changing the lead character in the style of a soap opera. For the first 90 minutes I had difficulty maintaining interest and almost turned it off. It was only in the last 45 minutes when Dane DeHaan's character was introduced that I began too enjoy the film.
The story is about a policeman who shoots a bank robber in the line of duty. He's plagued by guilt and leaves the police force to enter politics. 16 years later his son becomes friends with the son of the man he killed, not knowing about their connection.
The film takes place in three stages, like a play in three acts, with different characters who come and go:
1. The bank robber and his life.
2. The policeman and his moral struggles.
3. The policeman's son.
Maybe the film could have been made better, but I don't know how.
The seemingly random film title is the English translation of Schenectady, the name of the town in upstate New York where the film takes place.
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