Not Reconciled, the title of the Straubs’ first full length film, is engraved on their work like an engraving. It is an anecdote about the congruity and breakdown of history, the intensity of concealment, and the dread of compromise; faithfulness, conspiracy and retribution. In a courageous artistic game, Heinrich Böll’s story Billiards at Half-Past Nine is part up into splits, squares, breaks and unexpected turns, as the biography of a German family, covering various ages, is impelled forward. Terms, for example, “interwar period” and “post-war period” are exploded with a solitary cut, word or snap of a billiard ball. Not Reconciled stays one of the most significant German film of the previous fifty years.