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Phoenix (2014)

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A disfigured Holocaust survivor sets out to determine if the man she loved betrayed her trust.

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Nina Kunzendorf ...
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Soldat an der Brücke
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Arzt
Imogen Kogge ...
Elisabeth
Felix Römer ...
Geiger
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Clubbesitzer
Valerie Koch ...
Tänzerin
Eva Bay ...
Tänzerin
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Soldat im Club
Nikola Kastner ...
Junge Frau
Max Hopp ...
Der Mann
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Mitarbeiterin Zentralstelle Halensee
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Wirtin
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In the aftermath of WWII, Nelly, a Jewish survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp, horribly disfigured from a bullet wound in her face, undergoes a series of facial reconstruction surgeries and decides to find her husband Johnny who works at the Phoenix club in Berlin. Undoubtedly, Nelly is stunning, yet, her new self is beyond recognition, so Johnny, the man who may have betrayed her to the Nazis, will never imagine that the woman in front of him who bears an uncomfortable and unsettling resemblance to his late wife, is indeed her. Without delay, and with the intention to collect the deceased's inheritance, Nelly will go along with Johnny's plot and she will impersonate the dead woman, giving the performance of a lifetime before friends and relatives in a complex game of deceit, duplicity, and ultimately, seduction. In the end, during this masquerade, as the fragile and broken Nelly tries to find out whether Johnny betrayed her or not, she will have to dig deep into her wounded ... Written by Nick Riganas

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A Post-war Masterwork by way of VERTIGO. See more »

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Drama | History

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and brief suggestive material | See all certifications »

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25 September 2014 (Germany)  »

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Ave Fénix  »

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This is the fifth out of Christian Petzold's seven feature films to feature actress Nina Hoss. Also, it's his second film in a row after Barbara (2012) to star Hoss and Ronald Zehrfeld in the leading roles. See more »

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She is at the Phoenix bar and sees her husband. He does not recognize her. She runs out home. It is night and pitch dark. As she enters her apartment and her friend asks her if it is all okay, beautiful daylight thru the window. That's bothersome. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lene Winter: [arriving at the border]
Soldat an der Brücke: Passport... Nice car. Where did you get it from?
Lene Winter: It's from Switzerland.
Soldat an der Brücke: Just like you?
Lene Winter: Like me.
Soldat an der Brücke: [whistles to the gate] They're from Switzerland. The girl too.
[to her passenger]
Soldat an der Brücke: I want to see your face.
Lene Winter: Can I talk to you?
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Connections

Version of Return from the Ashes (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Tag und Nacht
("Night and Day")
Written by Cole Porter
(from musical play "The Gay divorce", 1932)
German lyrics by Loraine Hillmann
Performed by Valerie Koch and Eva Bay
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22 November 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The only weak aspect of this film is that the central idea is just not quite believable (albeit easily more believable than most mainstream films). Everything else was quite brilliant. There are plenty of films about Jews in Nazi Germany and a good few films set in the aftermath of world war 2. This is however the first film I have seen exploring the lives and emotions of Jews in post war Germany trying to reclaim their lost monies and contemplating where to spend their future lives. In this respect the film portrays two opposing views very powerfully. The acting, screen play, cinematography and direction is superb. I predicted aspects of the climax but the subtleties were a surprise (no spoilers here). Two of the three main roles are played by women, are strong characters and passes the Bechdel Test with in the first few minutes.


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