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Mein bester Feind (2011)

A dark WWII comedy about two friends, stolen artwork and an unfortunate case of mistaken identities, as a Jewish man switches places with his Nazi best friend in order to survive

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Victor Kaufmann
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Rudi Smekal
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Lena
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Hannah Kaufmann
Udo Samel ...
Jakob Kaufmann
Uwe Bohm ...
Standartenführer Widriczek
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SS-Hauptsturmführer Rauter
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SS Obersturmbannführer Maier
Hans-Michael Rehberg ...
Karel Brinek
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Moritz Haiden
Mirko Roggenbock ...
SS Untersturmführer Gruber
Christoph Luser ...
SS-Scharführer Weber
Klaus Manchen ...
Staatssekretär Leipold
Claudio Caramaschi ...
Adriano Bellotini
Hubert Mulzer ...
Brigadeführer Wildholz
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A dark WWII comedy about two friends, stolen artwork and an unfortunate case of mistaken identities, as a Jewish man switches places with his Nazi best friend in order to survive

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My Best Enemy  »

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It never occurs to the German officers to confirm Kaufman's identity by checking Smekal's dossier...which would likely contain a photo. See more »

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Mein Herz
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Written by Patty Moon
Performed by Patty Moon
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Entertaining, humorous, a bit about good and bad choices. Strikes good balance between serious background and attracting broad audience
25 February 2011 | by (Amersfoort, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

The story line was entertaining for the full 109 minutes, with several unexpected turns to keep us awake. The film initially shows a short scene of an airplane that was shot, leaving only a few survivors. It immediately jumps back to what happened before, and returns half way to pick up the story after the plane crash. Regardless, the story line remains clear and interesting throughout, maybe even thanks to this flashback and forward.

I saw this film at the 2011 Berlinale filmfestival on a Sunday morning as part of a large (over 1,500) audience. I can only assume that the majority was of German origin. I saw a cross section of nearly all ages present, maybe except people old enough to have actually lived during World War II. Nevertheless, a considerable part of the audience would have heard their fair share about this dark part of German history. Regardless of that being the main topic, all present were apparently enjoying what was shown on the screen.

The scenario scratches the surface of the well-known good versus bad choices one can make to advance a career, or conversely to keep principles upright and refusing to go along with the common trends. I consider it logical that this film does not take a vigorous stand, being intended for general viewing, but still presenting the dilemma's in a compelling way.

In conclusion I find that the film makers did a good job, by keeping the end product attractive for a broad public, and simultaneously not trying to evade the underlying problems of choices that everyone makes in a lifetime. After all, it is easy for us to judge those choices as bad. Upcoming Nazism before the World War II involved many such situations, and thus offers an infinite source of subjects for films like this one.

However, these dilemma's are an inherent part of a broader issue. This is confined to neither the 1930-1945 time frame nor to Germany. I saw at least 5 other films that revolved around similar situations, all of them released in the last 12 months, based on recent developments in very different countries and regimes.


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