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The German Doctor (2013)

Wakolda (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, History, Thriller | 25 April 2014 (USA)
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The true story of an Argentine family who lived with Josef Mengele without knowing his true identity, and of a girl who fell in love with one of the biggest criminals of all time.

Director:

Lucía Puenzo

Writer:

Lucía Puenzo
19 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Brendemühl ... Mengele
Natalia Oreiro ... Eva
Diego Peretti ... Enzo
Elena Roger ... Nora Eldoc
Guillermo Pfening ... Klaus
Florencia Bado ... Lilith
Alan Daicz Alan Daicz ... Tomás
Nicolas Marsella Nicolas Marsella ... Polo
Ana Pauls ... Nurse
Juan I. Martínez Juan I. Martínez ... Otto
Carlos Kaspar Carlos Kaspar ... Dueño de la fabrica
Abril Braunstein Abril Braunstein ... Ailín
Maria V. Barret Maria V. Barret ... Iva
Benito E. Crespo Benito E. Crespo ... Cursis
Sebástian Cáneva Sebástian Cáneva ... Hijo de Cursis
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Storyline

Patagonia, 1960. A German doctor (Alex Brendemühl) meets an Argentinean family and follows them on a long desert road to a small town where the family will be starting a new life. Eva (Natalia Oreiro), Enzo (Diego Peretti) and their three children welcome the doctor into their home and entrust their young daughter, Lilith (Florencia Bado), to his care, not knowing that they are harboring one of the most dangerous criminals in the world. At the same time, Israeli agents are desperately looking to bring THE GERMAN DOCTOR to justice. Based on filmmaker Lucía Puenzo's (XXY) fifth novel, the story follows Josef Mengele, the "Angel of Death," a German SS officer and a physician at the Auschwitz concentration camp, in the years he spent "hiding", along with many other Nazi's, in South America following his escape from Germany. Mengele was considered to be one of WWII's most heinous Nazi war criminals. Written by Anonymous

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From the international best-selling novel. (UK release poster) See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

For her role of Eva, actress Natalia Oreiro studied German language for two months prior to shooting. More than half of her dialogs are in fact in German. See more »

Goofs

The song, "Lady Sunshine und Mr. Moon", was released in 1962, but the film is set in 1960. See more »

Quotes

Lilith: He convinced him that they were perfect dolls, in series.
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Purple People Eater
" (uncredited)
Written by Sheb Wooley
Sung by unknown performer in German, heard at the birthday party
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He was living there, buried alive.
30 March 2014 | by Nat64See all my reviews

A stranger, with a foreign accent, asks if he can follow a family on the road towards the South. The father agrees, though everyone look at him warily. Everyone but Lilith, the 12 year-old girl who looks 8, fascinated by this man fixing his gaze on her.

Lucia Puenzo is known for exploring difficult and unusual relationships, and this particular feature makes her movies quite appealing. Add to that, beautiful landscapes, solid directing and you've got one of the best thrillers of 2013.

Also interesting to see, the way South America coped with ex-NSDAP members and how they continued to live and work amidst general indifference.

Some things seem like never ending, and as such this movie truly acts like a spell.


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Country:

Argentina | Spain | Norway | France

Language:

Spanish | German | Hebrew

Release Date:

25 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,259, 27 April 2014

Gross USA:

$418,392

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,635,718
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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