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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
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Brendemühl ... Mengele
Natalia Oreiro ... Eva
Diego Peretti ... Enzo
Elena Roger ... Nora Eldoc
Guillermo Pfening 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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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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Nada es más misterioso que la sangre. (Nothing is more mysterious than the blood.)


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

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Argentina | Spain | Norway | France

Language:

Spanish | German | Hebrew

Release Date:

25 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The German Doctor See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,259, 27 April 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$414,912, 15 June 2014
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Director Lucía Puenzo decided to cast actress Natalia Oreiro into leading role after seeing her performance in Clandestine Childhood (2011). See more »

Goofs

The CG hydroplane landing is poorly executed. There is no flare to speak of. The plane slams in the water, and leaves no wake. Also, the physics of flight in the final scene is poor, giving the scene a somewhat cartoonish vibe and spoiling what should be a fairly climactic ending. I wonder why the budget didn't allow for a real plane shot, can't be that expensive. See more »

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Rain Song
Written by Warren Ellis, Mick Turner & Jim White
Performed by Dirty Three
Copyright BMG rights UK, Published by Warner UK
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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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