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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.

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Schrader ... Felice Schragenheim (Jaguar)
Juliane Köhler ... Lilly Wust (Aimée)
Johanna Wokalek ... Ilse
Heike Makatsch ... Klärchen
Elisabeth Degen Elisabeth Degen ... Lotte
Detlev Buck 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A Love Larger Than Death


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

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:

DEM 15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,919, 13 August 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$927,107, 11 March 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Lilly Wust: I don't know why Felice, but since you're here, everything makes sense.
Felice: Don't say that too often, or I'll run away.
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Version of Timewatch: Love Story: Berlin 1942 (2000) See more »

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Liebe Kleine Schaffnerin
Music by Hans Lang
Lyrics by Erich Meser
Melodie der Welt Verlag
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Even the blackest storms bring forth flowers.
25 June 2003 | by sonnyboy3469See all my reviews

This is a beautiful story and a haunting film, set in crumbling Berlin near the end of Germany's second run at world domination. Felice is a young stenographer hiding her Jewish identity and passing stealthily through bombed-out Berlin. She runs with a pack of party-girls, lesbians all, who butterfly their nights away living for the moment in the face of destruction, persecution, and death.

Lilly is a German housewife with four children and a husband on the Russian front. She is introduced, however, as a mistress to a Nazi officer, and the viewer sees immediately that Lilly is simply lost...dutifully serving out her role(s) to the men in her life, yet stricken with a suspicion that love has escaped her.

Then she meets Felice...

The affair transforms both women. Lilly finds love and discovers who she really is, while Felice finds a reason to stop running.

It's easy to forget that bravery in wartime is not reserved solely fo combat soldiers. In these two women, we see courage, hope, and beauty emerge from ruin and desperation. As one of the minor characters points out late in the film, love should be appreciated wherever it can take root---especially when times and situations seem impossibly chaotic.

This director offers an underlying gentleness that makes the movie all the more effective. The performances are passionate and inspired. War news via radio broadcasts is masterfully woven in to frame the film while giving the viewer a sense that time is running out in Berlin. One knock on the film might be that there are too few sympathetic male characters. But, given the setting, maybe that was to be expected.


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