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Germán de Silva,
Nayra Calle Mamani
A small incident over two neighbors common wall sparks a conflict which affects the intimacy of the view over the chimney; the protagonist sparks a conflict and with paranoiac obsession destroys everyday life.
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
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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