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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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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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Director Lucía Puenzo decided to cast actress Natalia Oreiro into leading role after seeing her performance in Clandestine Childhood (2011). See more »

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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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Excellent....
17 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

The German Doctor is, simply put, excellent. It follows the latter life of notorious Nazi doctor and war criminal Joseph Mengele who lives under an alias in 1960's Argentina.

The material is inherently interesting. Mengele was a proponent of Eugenics, the development of a genetic breed of blond, blue eyed super humans cast in the Nazi Aryan mould. There is some evidence to suggest Mengele quietly continued his medical experimentation upon arriving in Argentina.

This film taps into that premise with Mengele taking a scientific interest in an Argentinian family of German descent. Its a thriller with Mengele quietly experimenting on the family. There's a dynamic of growing tension with those supporting Mengele, including elements within the family and those opposed to his actions.

Don't expect lots of over the top thrills and spills in this film. Its subtle with very clever twists and turns. Its about psychological manipulation as much as it is about medical experimentation and the ethics or in this case lack of ethics shown by its proponents. This film also offers up a very dark insight into ingrained bigotry and a warped view of what it means to be human. Are we, like dolls, to be produced en masse in more or less identical form?

The acting is absolutely top notch. Mengele is played with cold, self assured ease by Spanish actor, Àlex Brendemühl. The remaining cast, including Florencia Bado, who plays a young girl, who is, at the heart of Mengeles interest in the family, offers up an equally impressive performance.

This is a truly exceptional thriller that you should see. It has subtitles but everything from the acting, story, settings and directing is executed with such polish this is no real impediment. Ten out of ten from me.


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