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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.

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Lucía Puenzo

Writer:

Lucía Puenzo
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Cast

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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Country:

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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Box Office

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Official submission of Argentina for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 86th Academy Awards in 2014. See more »

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When Eva does the translation on the sheet of paper, her writing appears on the top fold of the paper, but in the next scene, it is well below the fold. See more »

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Performed by Laura Zisman
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Hypnotic scenery matching the scale of the Sonnenmenschen legend. The protagonist's epic ascension to the heaven with South American Alps as a backdrop. A beautiful story in 4 languages, retelling myths of Bariloche. I watched the film several times - without subtitles, without sound, and in black and white. Every time it was a different story: it started as another Nazi'xlpoitation flick, almost like Odessa files, and turned into a road movie, coming of age saga, Patagonian Lolita, and Dr. Faustus noir fairytale.

Lucia Puenzo, you are a magician.

I admire your maddening style of quiet ambivalence. Like the fleeing smile of Nora The Photographer. It is unusual and nice that interpretations and the final judgment are left to spectators. Plenty of untapped potential. Just imagine if authors openly took sides... :)


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