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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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Enzo
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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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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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Argentina/Spain co-production based on facts about a family harboring Joseph Mengele , one of the biggest killers of all time
16 September 2014 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

Entertaining and suspenseful thriller about Joseph Mengele and a good family , starring an excellent plethora of actors as Àlex Brendemühl, Diego Peretti, Guillermo Pfening, Natalia Oreiro, Florencia Bado and Elena Roger and being Argentina's submission for the Oscar for best foreign language film . Based on Lucia Puenzo's readable novel , and also filmmaker , this is an exciting thriller about The Doctor "Joseph Méngüele", (Àlex Brendemühl) known member of the Nazi party German, and cruel doctor of the concentration camp of Auschwitz ; concerning in the years he spent "hiding", along with many other Nazi's, in South America following his escape from Germany . He escaped and pursued by the Mossad took refuge in Paraguay and Brazil after the fall of the Third Reich as many war criminals did after the war . There in South America get together a group of young people , militants of the Third Reich, to work in strange issues in which he can proceed their repugnant experiments on genetic engineering and twins . As the subtle veil of horror draped over things we take for granted as good and wonderful aspects of humanity is deeply unsettling . Mengele attempts to reconstitute the Nazi movement from his sanctuary cloning of boys' genes and carrying out terrible practices ; in fact , at that time cloning was on initial developing . As his clammy presence returns to the big screen with this Argentine drama based on the true story of a 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 . Patagonia, 1960 . A German doctor (Alex Brendemühl) meets an Argentinean family and follows them on a long desert road to Bariloche , arriving in a small town where the family will be starting a new life , there they run a hotel in the icy boondocks , but 'once a Nazi scumbag, always a Nazi scumbag', and soon Mengele's back pursuing his interest in eugenics on the youngest member of the clan . As Eva (Natalia Oreiro), Enzo (Diego Peretti) and their three children welcome the doctor into their inherited hotel and entrust their young daughter, Lilith (Florencia Bado) . Lilith (played by the newcomer Florencia Bado) is remarkably small for her age, and is often the victim of much teasing at school as a result. However there appears to be a cure for her lack of growth , as the local German doctor . Soon Mengele is living in the lakeside hotel the family operates, investing in dad Enzo's custom doll-making business, and making medical suggestions for how undersized Lilith — who looks like an eight-year-old and is teased at school as a "dwarf" — might jump start her growth and kick-start her delayed adolescence . Wakolda is the name of our 12 year old protagonist's doll, and is therefore emblematic of her innocence, which is far more poignant. Meanwhile , a photographer begins to investigate and discovers the horrible plan of "Méngüele¨ , the "Angel of Death," , one of the most dangerous criminals in the world.

The screenplay by Lucia Puenzo takes some licenses about Mengele real-life but is nicely developed and gets certain tension and amusement with moral dilemma included . Its importance lies mostly in its dramatic as well as thrilling approach . Wakolda" (original title) which represents a more fitting , symbolic title to truly capture the essence of this moving, disquieting drama ; being also titled "The German Doctor" or ¨El medico Aleman" results to be a suspense movie that amuses and entertains , has good taste and in general lines is above average . Story is not boring , neither tiring but is entertaining at any time, though it is true that turns into a picture that tends to underline its latent absurdities and entangled in his ending . After all, this picture is not about the doctor, as such , but his relationship with the young Lilith , finding a strand of intimacy amidst an otherwise comprehensive, implicative narrative . In the picture appears some of the best Argentinean actors such as Natalia Oreiro as Eva , Diego Peretti as Enzo , both of whom give nice interpretations . Special mention to Spanish Àlex Brendemühl , he is terrific as a brutal Josef Mengele .

The motion picture was well written and directed by Lucia Puenzo . As Puenzo efficiently seeks to explore the banality - and impunity - of a devastating evil . Lucía Puenzo's third feature film to follow the critically acclaimed Xxy and The Fish Child . Wakoda premiering in the Un Certain Regard programme at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival ; Puenzo's latest went on to be nominated as Argentina's official entry at this year's Academy Awards amidst much acclaim .


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