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Phoenix Review

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Director: Christian Petzold.

Cast: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf.

Certificate: 12A

Running Time: 98 minutes

Synopsis: After going through facial reconstructive surgery due to injuries inflicted by the Nazis, Nelly Lenz (Hoss) returns home to discover her husband (Zehrfeld) no longer recognises her. Believing Nelly to be dead, he unwittingly hires the real Nelly in a plot to receive her savings.

Phoenix has been swamped with comparisons to the work of Hitchcock. It’s an incredibly apt comparison, but in no way should detract from the genuine class and sophistication of this magnificent thriller. The first notable piece of excellence is Petzold’s ability to ignore logic in favour of great storytelling. Many will raise the question as to how Johnny (Zehrfeld) can’t recognise his wife, but it isn’t important. Petzold suspends our disbelief by hitting hearts hard, and offering an intense emotional ride.

The period setting is brought to life wonderfully, »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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