The German Doctor (2013)
"Wakolda" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, History, Thriller  |  25 April 2014 (USA)
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The true story of an Argentine family who lived with Josef Mengele without knowing his true identity, and of a girl who fell in love with one of the biggest criminals of all time.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mengele (as Alex Brendemühl)
Diego Peretti ...
Elena Roger ...
Nora Eldoc
Guillermo Pfening ...
Alan Daicz ...
Nicolas Marsella ...
Ana Pauls ...
Juan I. Martínez ...
Carlos Kaspar ...
Dueño de la fabrica
Maria V. Barret ...
Abril Braunstein ...
Benito E. Crespo ...
Sebástian Cáneva ...
Hijo de Cursis


Patagonia, 1960. A German doctor (Alex Brendemühl) meets an Argentinean family and follows them on a long desert road to a small town where the family will be starting a new life. Eva (Natalia Oreiro), Enzo (Diego Peretti) and their three children welcome the doctor into their home and entrust their young daughter, Lilith (Florencia Bado), to his care, not knowing that they are harboring one of the most dangerous criminals in the world. At the same time, Israeli agents are desperately looking to bring THE GERMAN DOCTOR to justice. Based on filmmaker Lucía Puenzo's (XXY) fifth novel, the story follows Josef Mengele, the "Angel of Death," a German SS officer and a physician at the Auschwitz concentration camp, in the years he spent "hiding", along with many other Nazi's, in South America following his escape from Germany. Mengele was considered to be one of WWII's most heinous Nazi war criminals. Written by Anonymous

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Nada es más misterioso que la sangre. (Nothing is more mysterious than the blood.)

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$34,259 (USA) (25 April 2014)


$414,912 (USA) (13 June 2014)

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Lucía Puenzo wrote the book that the movie is based on, she also wrote the screenplay, produced and directed the movie. See more »


The film is set in the year 1960, but the four-door Chevrolet Impala he drives throughout the film appears to be a 1965 or later model. See more »

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16 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just saw one of the most compelling movies I have seen in quite a long time. "The German Doctor". It has the beautiful scenery of Bariloche Argentina shot throughout and some of the best acting I have seen in years along with a compelling musical score. It's basic plot deals with Mengele, perhaps one of the greatest villains to have survived the fall of the Nazi empire. He travels into Argentina and ingratiates himself with an Argentine family of Germany ethnicity. The role played by the doctor is both chilling and fascinating. Mengele comes across at first as a benevolent force, but soon we develop the insight not only as to who this person is, but how casually he dehumanizes everyone to meet his own terms of science and beauty. Pay special attention to the symbolism of dolls and their "sameness". The acting is exquisite, with Florencia Bado who conveys the innocence of a young girl who trusts "the German Doctor" as well as Natalia Oriero and Diego Peretti. There is no gruesome violence in this movie, no "action sequence", no CGI, no bad language, no nudity. Only the chilling suspense and dialogue of an evil passing itself as benevolence. The stark winter landscape and beautiful forests of that region are known to me and they were captured in a magnificent way. I cannot recommend this movie enough.

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