Vengeance is the name of the game in Netflix’s new German-language thriller Kleo, released for streaming in late August. After taking out an important target, Stasi assassin Kleo Straub (Jella Haase, pictured at top) is suddenly arrested and imprisoned by her own government without apparent cause, and when she is released in the wake of the fall of the Berlin Wall, she sets out to find answers -- and to eliminate the comrades who turned on her. As Kleo hunts down her former colleagues, she is herself hunted by an amateurish but determined West German police detective, Sven Petzold (Dimitrij Schaad), who happened to be a witness to her final murder before being jailed. What ensues is a fast-paced, entertaining story of cover-ups, double agents and illegal affairs, unfolding across two Germanies and two continents, from Mallorca to Chile. The chase is riveting, if somewhat predictable. There’s even a mysterious red suitcase that holds the answers to all of Kleo’s questions -- and much, much more.
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