by Tony Medley
Runtime 98 minutes.
OK for children.
Highlighted by exceptional acting by Nina Hoss as Nelly, a concentration
camp survivor, ably supported by Ronald ZehfeldIt as her former husband,
Johnny, this is a dark, relatively depressing picture of the state of
German humanity immediately after the end of World War II.
Nelly’s face has been severely injured by a gunshot so after plastic
surgery she looks so different that Johnny doesn’t recognize her. After
she finds him she doesn’t tell him who she is, trying to learn if her
beloved husband was the one who betrayed her, undoubtedly a metaphor for
what faced ordinary Germans right after the war with respect to their
Directed by award winning Christian Petzold, the cinematography and
production design are outstanding, realistically capturing what Germany
looked like immediately after the end of the war, and what her people
were like. This is not a film for everybody, but the acting and
photography are worth the sit, despite the lack of pace.
In German and English.