27 user 50 critic

Rosenstrasse (2003)

PG-13 | | Drama, War | 18 September 2003 (Germany)
1:54 | Trailer

Watch Now

With Prime Video

After the death of her father, Hannah becomes concerned with the strange behavior of her mother. As her mother's troubled childhood is revealed, Hannah realizes how little she ever knew.
8 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Vision (2009)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The life story of the multi-talented German nun Hildegard von Bingen. The film portrays an original woman - best known as a composer and religious visionary - whose grand claims often run ... See full summary »

Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Stars: Barbara Sukowa, Heino Ferch, Hannah Herzsprung
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Two sisters both fight for women's rights. Juliane is a journalist and Marianne a terrorist. When Marianne is jailed, Juliane feels obligated to help her despite their differing views on how to live.

Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Stars: Jutta Lampe, Barbara Sukowa, Rüdiger Vogler
Hannah Arendt (2012)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A look at the life of philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt, who reported for The New Yorker on the war crimes trial of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann.

Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Stars: Barbara Sukowa, Axel Milberg, Janet McTeer
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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 »

Director: Max Färberböck
Stars: Maria Schrader, Juliane Köhler, Johanna Wokalek
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A group of people are imprisoned in a rail car bound from Berlin to a concentration camp in 1945.

Directors: Joseph Vilsmaier, Dana Vávrová
Stars: Gedeon Burkhard, Lale Yavas, Lena Beyerling
Dresden (TV Movie 2006)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A romance between a British pilot hiding in Germany and a German nurse is shown on the background of massive allied bombing of Dresden towards the end of World War 2.

Director: Roland Suso Richter
Stars: Felicitas Woll, John Light, Benjamin Sadler
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After years of political agitation, Rosa Luxemburg, Karl Liebknecht, and Leo Jogiches form a revolutionary German party, the Spartacists.

Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Stars: Barbara Sukowa, Daniel Olbrychski, Otto Sander
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Three people rob a bank to help a day care center that's in debt. Wolf is captured, Werner identified, police suspect Christa is the third. She and Werner ask Hans, a clergyman, to launder ... See full summary »

Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Stars: Tina Engel, Silvia Reize, Katharina Thalbach
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A young woman's life is scrutinized by police and tabloid press after she spends the night with a suspected terrorist.

Directors: Volker Schlöndorff, Margarethe von Trotta
Stars: Angela Winkler, Mario Adorf, Dieter Laser
Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

East-Berlin, 1961, shortly after the erection of the Wall. Konrad, Sophie and three of their friends plan a daring escape to Western Germany. The attempt is successful, except for Konrad, ... See full summary »

Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Stars: Corinna Harfouch, Meret Becker, August Zirner
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Successful architect Robert has a one-night stand with a mysterious lady in red. The next day they meet again, but Carolin is now a corporate lawyer working on a major contract for Robert ... See full summary »

Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Stars: Katja Riemann, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Karin Dor
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

By pure coincidence, a photograph found on the internet by chance of a renowned American opera singer, Caterina Fabiani, throws the lives of Paul Kromberger and his daughter Sophie into ... See full summary »

Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Stars: Katja Riemann, Barbara Sukowa, Matthias Habich


Cast overview, first billed only:
Doris Schade ...
Jutta Lampe ...
Svea Lohde ...
Martin Feifel ...
Fabian Fischer
Luis Marquez
Carola Regnier ...
Rachel Rosenbauer
Plien van Bennekom ...
Julia Eggert ...
Klara Singer
Jutta Wachowiak ...
Frau Goldberg
Nathan Goldberg


When Ruth's husband dies in New York, in 2000, she imposes strict Jewish mourning, which puzzles her children. A stranger comes to the house - Ruth's cousin - with a picture of Ruth, age 8, in Berlin, with a woman the cousin says helped Ruth escape. Hannah, Ruth's daughter engaged to a gentile, goes to Berlin to find the woman, Lena Fisher, now 90. Posing as a journalist investigating intermarriage, Hannah interviews Lena who tells the story of a week in 1943 when the Jewish husbands of Aryan women were detained in a building on Rosenstrasse. The women gather daily for word of their husbands. The film goes back and forth to tell Ruth and Lena's story. How will it affect Hannah? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, some violence and brief drug content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:







Release Date:

18 September 2003 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Kvinnorna på Rosenstrasse  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$45,024 (USA) (20 August 2004)


$732,036 (USA) (7 January 2005)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Based on the Rosenstraße protest, which took place in early 1943 when the Nazis wanted to round up the last Jews in Berlin, but were resisted by the victims' relatives. See more »


Featured in Katja Riemann (2006) See more »


Just One of Those Things
Composed by Cole Porter
Performed by Cynthia Utterbach
Arrangement by Jan Peter Klöppel
Published by HARMS INC.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

"Eloquently reconciling and gracefully atmospheric..."
13 January 2014 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

German screenwriter, film professor, producer and director Margarethe Von Trotta's tenth feature film which she co-wrote with American screenwriter Pamela Katz, is inspired by real events which took place in Berlin, Germany in 1943 where Non-Jewish women opposed the deportation of their husbands. It premiered in Germany, was screened In competition at the 60th Venice Film Festival in 2003, in the German Cinema section at the 54th Berlin International Film Festival in 2004, was shot on locations in America and Germany and is a Germany-The Netherlands co-production which was produced by producers Kerstin Rancke, Richard Schöps, Henrik Meyer and Markus Zimmer. It tells the story about a 60-year-old German-Jewish woman named Ruth Weinstein whom is grieving the loss of her husband at her apartment in New York City, USA where she is accompanied by her daughter whom is about to marry a Jewish man from Nicaragua named Luis Marquez and her son whom is there with his pregnant wife and their adolescent daughter.

Distinctly and precisely directed by European filmmaker Margarethe Von Trotta, this quietly paced and somewhat fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from one of the female characters' viewpoint, draws a reflective and moving portrayal of an 8-year-old girl whom is looking for her mother named Miriam Süssmann and a 33-year-old pianist and Baroness named Lena Von Eschenbach Fischer whom is looking for her Jewish husband named Fabian Israel Fischer during WWII, and a daughter named Hannah whom after encountering an American woman named Rachel Rosenbauer starts investigating the history of her mother whom has turned Orthodox and silent after becoming a widow. While notable for its distinct, variegated and atmospheric milieu depictions, reverent cinematography by cinematographers Franz Rath and Jan Betke, production design by production designer Heike Bauersfeld, costume design by costume designer Ursula Eggert and use of sound, colors and light, this dialog-driven and narrative-driven story about mother-daughter relations, Aryan-Jewish marriages and German war crimes against German Jews, depicts several interrelated studies of character and contains a great and timely score by composer Loek Dikker.

This somewhat melodramatic, generational, at times romantic and historic drama from the early 2000s which is set in USA in the early 21st century and in the capital city of Germany during the Second World War in the early 20th century, which densely reconstructs a memorable protest which occurred at a street called Rosenstraße in Germany in the early 1940s and where a woman finds a person who might be one of the main reasons why she exists, is impelled and reinforced by its fragmented narrative structure, subtle character development, rhythmic continuity, heartrending flashback scenes, merging viewpoints, comment by Hannah : "We are getting a crash course in Jewish grief." and the efficiently understated acting performances by German actresses Katja Riemann, Maria Schrader, Doris Schade, Svea Lohde and German actors Jürgen Vogel and Martin Feifel. An eloquently reconciling and gracefully atmospheric character piece which gained, among other awards, the award for Best Cinematography Franz Rath at the 24th Bavarian Film Awards in 2003.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
NYC Scenes Filmed in English + Dubbed in German? kellis329
To me, the facts weren't explained clearly kathysnet
Why did Hannah have a German accent? mardidee
60th Venice Film Festival odds Wilde_child
Play of the same name/story WackyWood
Remark made by Gestapo officer wataru-7
Discuss Rosenstrasse (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: