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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 overview, first billed only:
... Lena Fischer - age 33
... Hannah Weinstein
Doris Schade ... Lena Fischer - age 90
Jutta Lampe ... Ruth Weinstein - age 60
Svea Lohde ... Ruth Weinstein - age 8
... Arthur von Eschenbach
... Fabian Fischer
... Luis Marquez
Carola Regnier ... Rachel Rosenbauer
Plien van Bennekom ... Marian
... Ben
Julia Eggert ... Emily
... Klara Singer
... Frau Goldberg
... Nathan Goldberg
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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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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, some violence and brief drug content | See all certifications »

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Kvinnorna på Rosenstrasse  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$45,024, 22 August 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$732,036, 9 January 2005
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Based on the Rosenstraße protest, which took place in early 1943 when the Nazis wanted to round up the last Jews in Berlin, but were resisted by the victims' relatives. See more »

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References Ein Walzer mit dir (1943) See more »

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Sonata for Piano and Violin in A
'Allegretto Moderato' - César Franck (op. 446 198 2)
Courtesy of UNIVERSAL CLASSICS & JAZZ - a division of UNIVERSAL MUSIC GmbH
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A lifeless pamphlet
29 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

I went to see the movie for two reasons: 1) Katha Riemann was given a prize for her role in Venice and 2) The story - the rescue of hundreds of Berlin jews, who had been rounded up for deportation in the spring of 1943 - and were being kept by the Gestapo in Rosenstrasse (Rose Street) - is important. The deportation was halted by the non-jewish partners and friends who demonstrated in front of the detainment centre.

However, Trottas movie is extremely disappointing, a pamphlet put on celluloid. The movie is intended to be GOOD, the main characters are intended to be GOOD, the nazis are just EVIL, lustful or downright stupid. Maria Schrader is supposed to be a young jewish New Yorker, trying to understand the unspoken traumas of her German-born mother who survived Rosenstrasse - but never succeeds in convincing me, that she is American. (There is something about her body-language which is much too Continental). Extremely annoying is the use of German in the US scenes....spiced with a few choice english words or sentences which seem totally out of place.

Katja Riemann does add a bit more life to her character - a Preussian baroness and talented pianist, who rescues her jewish husband. (Does she really have to f*** propaganda minister Goebbels to get hubby away from Gestapo- and does Goebbels really have to be portrayed as a - cartoonish - lustful little salivating man, forever chasing a bit of tail, and so plainly disgusting).

We all know Goebbels was a war criminal - but it would have been so more interesting, if the characters were REAL people and the story not just a study in black and white with a stilted dialogue.


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