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Death in Love (2008)

R | | Drama, Romance, War | 17 July 2009 (USA)
The devastating legacy of a liaison between a concentration camp inmate and a Nazi doctor reflects on the lives of her sons.

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Eldest Son
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Beautiful Woman
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Young Model
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Young Girl
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Asian Woman
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The Doctor
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During World War II, a Jewish woman saves her life thanks to a love affair with a doctor in charge of human experiments in a Nazi concentration camp. The woman then marries and moves to New York, where she raises two emotionally stunted sons. The eldest son battles his sense of disconnection from life while working at a scam modeling agency, where he befriends a charming young co-worker who begins to restore in him a sense of excitement and purpose. The neurotic younger son is locked in a compulsive, co-dependent relationship with his mother. Written by Alma Har'el

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Drama | Romance | War

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Rated R for disturbing violent and graphic sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Les Ombres du passé  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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None of the characters have names, the screenplay was written specifically for all the characters not to address each other by name. See more »

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Beautiful Woman: You're 40. God could reverse your age back 20 years and you'd still feel old.
Eldest Son: I am old.
Beautiful Woman: No, you're depressed. Being old has got nothing to do with it.
Eldest Son: I'll tell you the worst part about getting old.
Beautiful Woman: You said you weren't.
Eldest Son: The worst part is getting lectured by kids who think they know everything. It's getting lectured by kids who think all the shit they're going through right now will lead to good sometime later. That for everything you lose, you'll gain something. Well, you won't. I'm doing you ...
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Deep, dark and psychologically fascinating - a realistic portrayal of how "anything repressed comes out in toxic form."
14 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although at times I found this movie hard to watch, I think it is an excellent film about the things that human beings don't want to talk openly about,the underbelly of human life that we all experience and identify with in one way or another. This movie portrays these types of things with a good story, a good script and fine acting.

The filmmaker should be commended for his conviction to tell a story that was obviously important to him, by investing his own money to make this film. I see why that was required because society in general does it's best to push down out of sight, the very things that need to have the light shown in on. In my opinion film and theater are the best way to do it, and this movie does it authentically.

I agree with some of the other reviewers that this film's subject matter is very important for all of us as human beings to understand and not be afraid of, so that we may have compassion for others who may be "acting out" some neurotic compulsion that they have "inherited" or been left with from experiencing trauma, as well as compassion for our self. Human beings "act out", it is just a part of the human condition and being alive.

If you like intensity and a view into deep emotional scenarios this film is for you.


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