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In the aftermath of WWII, Nelly, a Jewish survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp, horribly disfigured from a bullet wound in her face, undergoes a series of facial reconstruction surgeries and decides to find her husband Johnny who works at the Phoenix club in Berlin. Undoubtedly, Nelly is stunning, yet, her new self is beyond recognition, so Johnny, the man who may have betrayed her to the Nazis, will never imagine that the woman in front of him who bears an uncomfortable and unsettling resemblance to his late wife, is indeed her. Without delay, and with the intention to collect the deceased's inheritance, Nelly will go along with Johnny's plot and she will impersonate the dead woman, giving the performance of a lifetime before friends and relatives in a complex game of deceit, duplicity, and ultimately, seduction. In the end, during this masquerade, as the fragile and broken Nelly tries to find out whether Johnny betrayed her or not, she will have to dig deep into her wounded ...Written by
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She is at the Phoenix bar and sees her husband. He does not recognize her. She runs out home. It is night and pitch dark. As she enters her apartment and her friend asks her if it is all okay, beautiful daylight thru the window. That's bothersome. See more »
I watched this movie at the TIFF premier just last Friday and absolutely loved it. The movie digs deep into personal connections and portrays love beautifully. This movie had everything i wanted: suspense, romance, drama, dark humour and irony. Cinematography was fantastic - the flow of scened was perfect and the pauses did not bore me but had their significance in all the right places. Huge applause to Christian Petzold! Acting was incredible too, i was very touched. Nina Hoss captured the character's transformation well, I couldn't believe she was the same person in the movie. I highly recommend watching this movie!
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