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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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Eva
Diego Peretti ...
Enzo
Elena Roger ...
Nora Eldoc
Guillermo Pfening ...
Klaus
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Lilith
Alan Daicz ...
Tomás
Nicolas Marsella ...
Polo
Ana Pauls ...
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Juan I. Martínez ...
Otto
Carlos Kaspar ...
Dueño de la fabrica
Maria V. Barret ...
Iva
Abril Braunstein ...
Ailín
Benito E. Crespo ...
Cursis
Sebástian Cáneva ...
Hijo de Cursis
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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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Rated PG-13 for thematic material and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$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 »

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The Chevy Impala that the doctor drives appears to be a new or nearly-new car, but the driver's door has a substantial squeak. See more »

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The good doctor?
28 August 2015 | by (Amsterdam, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

A simple Argentinian family makes a fresh start by reopening a hotel in the Pategonian mountains left behind by the mothers parents.

Their first guest is a well spoken foreign man, who seems as mysterious as he is intelligent. His interest in this family and his further activities in the nearby town make us wonder about the double agenda he is keeping.

As the family starts to doubt his motives, and other characters also start to show their true colors, we are presented with an intricate tale of mounting tension and international mystery. Of course we know who we are dealing with, and this type of story would work even better if that detail was unknown, but it still works so well as it remains, for the biggest part, fiction. So anything can happen. The fact that we are dealing with THIS monster just gives the whole film an extra layer of creepiness.

The film, to me, didn't come across as Argentinian at all, but I guess the mountainous (and snowy) surroundings and bilingual dialogue caused that. However this didn't matter as these surroundings where pretty spectacular and almost a character of their own.

Sollid acting, all around. Particularly the doctor and the girl, but really everyone involved. As said, beautiful surroundings and locations and always nice to watch a period based story (eventhough some details may not have been entirely right). And above all, great storytelling. Nicely built up tension, never too sensational and it thankfully steers clear of the expected clichés dealing with a character of such history.

Great, engaging, emotional, old fashioned, must see film 8/10


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