Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Phoenix (2014)

Director: Christian Petzold. Cast: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf. 98 min. Germany/Poland. Drama/History.

Post-war Berlin. Disfigured Jewish survivor comes into a huge inheritance after her family is killed in the war. While she's searching for her beloved husband (who may have betrayed her to the Nazis), he (who doesn't recognize her) wants her to act as his "former" wife ... to grab the money. Twisted setting? It works. And there's a troubling underlying theme there, about whether we should forget the overwhelming betrayals in a past life, and move on to live with those who betrayed us, just to achieve normalcy. Great performance by Nina Hoss, who was also directed by Petzold in Barbara.

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