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Aimee & Jaguar (1999)

Aimée & Jaguar (original title)
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In 1943 Berlin, a Nazi officer's wife meets and starts a passionate affair with a Jewish woman.

Director:

Max Färberböck
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Schrader ... Felice Schragenheim (Jaguar)
Juliane Köhler ... Lilly Wust (Aimée)
Johanna Wokalek ... Ilse
Heike Makatsch ... Klärchen
Elisabeth Degen ... Lotte
Detlev Buck ... Günther Wust
Inge Keller ... Lilly Wust (1997)
Kyra Mladeck Kyra Mladeck ... Ilse (1997)
Sarah Camp Sarah Camp ... Frau Kappler
Klaus Manchen Klaus Manchen ... Herr Kappler
Margit Bendokat ... Frau Jäger
Jochen Stern Jochen Stern ... Werner Lause
Peter Weck ... Chefredakteur Keller
Lia Dultzkaya Lia Dultzkaya ... Hulda
Dani Levy ... Fritz Borchert
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Storyline

Berlin 1943/44 ("The Battle of Berlin"). Felice, an intelligent and courageous Jewish woman who lives under a false name, belongs to an underground organization. Lilly, a devoted mother of four, though an occasional unfaithful wife, is desperate for love. An unusual and passionate love between them blossoms despite the danger of persecution and nightly bombing raids. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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A Love Larger Than Death


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Trivia

Germany's entry to the Academy Awards, in the category of Best Foreign Language Film (1999). See more »

Quotes

Felice: Is it a crime not to have a cause?
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Connections

Referenced in Aimée & Jaguar: Behind the Scenes Footage (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Ich Bin Von Kopf Bis Fuß Auf Liebe Eingestellt
Music and Lyrics by Friedrich Hollaender (as Friedrich Holländer)
UFA-Ton verlagsgesellschaft (BMG UFA)
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A true work of art
11 July 2001 | by GeofbobSee all my reviews

This wonderful German production, based on fact, tells the story of a lesbian love affair at the height of the war in Berlin, between a Jewish woman concealing her identity from the authorities and a loyal German mother of four whose husband is serving in the army. But the film is exceptional not just for its frankness in presenting the passionate relationship, but for its portrayal of Berliners trying to lead ordinary lives, while their city is under heavy bombardment and is being destroyed before their eyes. And this near-normal background throws into sharp relief the ghastly horror of the Nazi regime, its vain pursuit of total victory, and its fanatical hatred and persecution of Jews.

The acting of principals Maria Schrader as Felice Schragenheim (Jaguar) and Juliane Köhler as Lilly Wust (Aimée) has an integrity and intensity which has almost disappeared from Hollywood, but it never lapses into melodrama. Outstanding in the large supporting cast are Johanna Wokalek as Ilse, a rival with Aimée for Jaguar's love; and Detlev Buck as Aimée's husband, Günther, who manages to elicit our sympathy for his personal predicament, while repelling us with his Nazi arrogance and cloddishness.

A notable feature of the movie is that it reminds us that, like London and Paris, wartime Berlin still had a thriving nightlife, with Beethoven concerts, well dressed women and officers drinking in luxury hotel lounges, and smart receptions. Jaguar and her friends also represent a bohemian fringe of society, dating back to the Weimar period of the 20s and early 30s, that had not been extinguished by the Nazis. These scenes give the film colour and style, features sometimes missing from movies set in time of war.

This is one of those very rare movies in which not only every element - scenario, acting, camerawork, effects, interior and exterior locations, music etc - is almost perfect in itself, but in which they add up to a true work of art. If you have a chance, see it!


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Official Sites:

Zeitgeist Films

Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

11 February 1999 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Aimee & Jaguar See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

DEM15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,919, 13 August 2000

Gross USA:

$927,107

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$927,107
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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