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Where Hands Touch (2018)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, War | 14 September 2018 (USA)
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A rites of passage story of a bi-racial teen struggling for survival in Nazi Germany.

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Amma Asante

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Amma Asante
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Cast

Credited cast:
Abbie Cornish
Amandla Stenberg ... Leyna
George MacKay ... Lutz
Christopher Eccleston
Tom Goodman-Hill ... Wihelm Warner
Tomiwa Edun ... American Soldier
Alec Newman ... Juttner
Olivia Vinall ... Hermine
Will Attenborough ... Gunter
Lucy Russell ... Teacher
Tim Faraday ... Betz
Tom Sweet
Daniel Weyman
Ethan Rouse ... Sebastian
Simon Harrison ... SS Guard
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Storyline

Germany 1944: 15-year old Leyna (Amandla Stenberg), daughter of a white German mother and a black father, lives in fear due to the color of her skin. When she meets Lutz (George MacKay), the son of a prominent SS officer and a member of the Hitler Youth - mandatory for all Aryan boys since 1936 - the two fall helplessly in love, putting both their lives at risk. An original coming of age story through the eyes of a bi-racial teen as she witnesses the persecution of Jews and those deemed 'non-pure'. Written by https://teaser-trailer.com

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Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, violence/disturbing images, sexuality and language
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Where Hands Touch See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$67,743, 16 September 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$67,743, 16 September 2018
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2.35 : 1
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According to Asante in a November 2016 interview on Kermode & Mayo's Film review, the movie was first intended to be shot in 2009 and had been launched at that year's Cannes. The project however collapsed. See more »

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Gripping drama and fine history lesson
20 September 2018 | by Ed CohenSee all my reviews

This film is like a musical performance making a deep impression despite a few wrong notes. Few films have represented the racial attitudes in Nazi Germany as accurately, and the misery of life in a concentration camp as well as this one. It gets the relevant things right--while getting some details a bit wrong.

The costumes are very authentic, except for the army and Hitler Youth uniforms, which look much better than the real thing. While death camps were almost exclusively SS operations, the perpetrators are all dressed as army. I suspect costume availability had something to do with that. There was a contemporary issue as to concentration camp duty as a way for cowards to avoid battle, but it played out differently than shown. Also, why are there so many '30s French cars in Germany?

I greatly admire the way this film shows how concentration camp life consisted of one deadly gauntlet after another. One could come out alive only as the chance beneficiary of one dumb coincidence after another. What a pity that it had to wait until there are so few actual survivors to comment.


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