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Rosenstrasse (2003)

PG-13 | | Drama, War | 18 September 2003 (Germany)
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After the death of her father, Hannah becomes concerned with the strange behavior of her mother. As her mother's troubled childhood is revealed, Hannah realizes how little she ever knew.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katja Riemann ... Lena Fischer - age 33
Maria Schrader ... Hannah Weinstein
Doris Schade Doris Schade ... Lena Fischer - age 90
Jutta Lampe Jutta Lampe ... Ruth Weinstein - age 60
Svea Lohde Svea Lohde ... Ruth Weinstein - age 8
Jürgen Vogel ... Arthur von Eschenbach
Martin Feifel ... Fabian Fischer
Fedja van Huêt ... Luis Marquez
Carola Regnier Carola Regnier ... Rachel Rosenbauer
Plien van Bennekom Plien van Bennekom ... Marian
Romijn Conen ... Ben
Julia Eggert Julia Eggert ... Emily
Thekla Reuten ... Klara Singer
Jutta Wachowiak ... Frau Goldberg
Jan Decleir ... Nathan Goldberg
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Storyline

When Ruth's husband dies in New York, in 2000, she imposes strict Jewish mourning, which puzzles her children. A stranger comes to the house - Ruth's cousin - with a picture of Ruth, age 8, in Berlin, with a woman the cousin says helped Ruth escape. Hannah, Ruth's daughter engaged to a gentile, goes to Berlin to find the woman, Lena Fisher, now 90. Posing as a journalist investigating intermarriage, Hannah interviews Lena who tells the story of a week in 1943 when the Jewish husbands of Aryan women were detained in a building on Rosenstrasse. The women gather daily for word of their husbands. The film goes back and forth to tell Ruth and Lena's story. How will it affect Hannah? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, some violence and brief drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | Netherlands

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

18 September 2003 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Kvinnorna på Rosenstrasse See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,024, 22 August 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$732,036, 9 January 2005
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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It took Margarethe von Trotta almost 10 years to realize this project for financial reasons. See more »

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Ich weiss nicht, zu wem ich gehöre
Performed by Nina Kunzendorf
Lyrics by Friedrich Hollaender (as Friedrich Holländer) and Robert Liebmann
Composed by Friedrich Hollaender (as Friedrich Holländer)
© 1937 by UFATON VERLAGSGESELLSCHAFT MGM
(BMG MUSIC PUBLISHING GERMANY), München
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This superb and unique movie may be even better than "The Pianist"!
12 November 2003 | by maestro7PLSee all my reviews

I saw this film at the Toronto Film Festival, where it received a standing ovation! This film tells a story that to my knowledge has never been told before--namely about the Rosenstrasse (a street in Berlin)uprising of German gentile women who were married to Jews at the end of the Second World War. As such, it is a unique story, and what's more, is the only film about the Holocaust that I have ever seen that shows that there were GOOD Germans (the helping family in "Anne Frank" for instance was Dutch) who did NOT support the Nazis, and, in fact, had the fortitude to stand up against their own country's immorality and brutality during the Nazi regime, at the risk of their very lives. The acting is great across the board, the framing story in New York interesting and intricate, the direction from Von Trotta masterful in every scene, and the production values, including the gorgeous cinematography, outstanding. Of course the family in New York could be speaking German. Many immigrants in this country choose to speak in their native tongue with their family--a common occurrence. So that criticism is unwarranted. To say more would spoil the experience. The film is long, but I did not look at my watch once. I am hoping this film gets some distribution is North America, for not only is this film a masterpiece, but it can actually help heal any animosity people have towards the Germans because of their support of Hitler. If this film is playing in your area, I URGE YOU TO SEE IT! You will be glad you did!


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