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Aimee & Jaguar (1999)
"Aimée & Jaguar" (original title)

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Berlin 1943/44 ("The Battle of Berlin"). Felice, an intelligent and courageous Jewish woman who lives under a false name, belongs to an underground organization. Lilly, a devoted mother of ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Felice Schragenheim (Jaguar)
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Lilly Wust (Aimée)
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Ilse
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Klärchen
Elisabeth Degen ...
Lotte
Detlev Buck ...
Günther Wust
Inge Keller ...
Lilly Wust (1997)
Kyra Mladeck ...
Ilse (1997)
Sarah Camp ...
Frau Kappler
Klaus Manchen ...
Herr Kappler
Margit Bendokat ...
Frau Jäger
Jochen Stern ...
Werner Lause
Peter Weck ...
Chefredakteur Keller
Lia Dultzkaya ...
Hulda
Dani Levy ...
Fritz Borchert
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Berlin 1943/44 ("The Battle of Berlin"). Felice, an intelligent and courageous Jewish woman who lives under a false name, belongs to an underground organization. Lilly, a devoted mother of four, though an occasional unfaithful wife, is desperate for love. An unusual and passionate love between them blossoms despite the danger of persecution and nightly bombing raids. The Gestapo is on Felice's trail. Her friends flee, she decides to sit out the war with Lilly. One hot day in August 1944, the Gestapo is waiting in Lilly's flat... Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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A Love Larger Than Death

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Romance | Drama | War

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11 February 1999 (Germany)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

DEM 15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$42,919 (USA) (11 August 2000)

Gross:

$927,107 (USA) (9 March 2001)
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Germany's entry to the Academy Awards, in the category of Best Foreign Language Film (1999). See more »

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Lilly Wust: What do you want Felice?
Felice: You. All of you. Everything! But I'd be satisfied with one single moment, so perfect, it would last a lifetime. For example, this one. This one here is great. I don't want forever. I want now. Now! Now! Now! I want loads of 'nows' and I want them til I turn old and grey. And besides, I want more cake.
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Hoch Droben Auf Dem Berg
Music by Franz Grothe
Lyrics by Ernst Marischka
Wiener Boheme Verlag (BMG UFA)
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Even the blackest storms bring forth flowers.
25 June 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a beautiful story and a haunting film, set in crumbling Berlin near the end of Germany's second run at world domination. Felice is a young stenographer hiding her Jewish identity and passing stealthily through bombed-out Berlin. She runs with a pack of party-girls, lesbians all, who butterfly their nights away living for the moment in the face of destruction, persecution, and death.

Lilly is a German housewife with four children and a husband on the Russian front. She is introduced, however, as a mistress to a Nazi officer, and the viewer sees immediately that Lilly is simply lost...dutifully serving out her role(s) to the men in her life, yet stricken with a suspicion that love has escaped her.

Then she meets Felice...

The affair transforms both women. Lilly finds love and discovers who she really is, while Felice finds a reason to stop running.

It's easy to forget that bravery in wartime is not reserved solely fo combat soldiers. In these two women, we see courage, hope, and beauty emerge from ruin and desperation. As one of the minor characters points out late in the film, love should be appreciated wherever it can take root---especially when times and situations seem impossibly chaotic.

This director offers an underlying gentleness that makes the movie all the more effective. The performances are passionate and inspired. War news via radio broadcasts is masterfully woven in to frame the film while giving the viewer a sense that time is running out in Berlin. One knock on the film might be that there are too few sympathetic male characters. But, given the setting, maybe that was to be expected.


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