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A Roma boy is placed in a mental hospital and experiences the Nazi euthanasia program. Aware of what was happening and attached to friends, the lad attempts to sabotage the program. The film addresses the complexities of the program director, the lives of the child victims, and the struggles of the child protagonist. More than five thousand children were killed in the Nazi euthanasia program.Written by
Heartfelt depiction of a relatively unknown Nazi atrocity
Firstly, I'd like to give my interpretation of what the title "Fog in August" means, since a previous reviewer was rather baffled at the title. The "fog" (nebel) was the deception employed by the administration when continuing the T4 (euthanasia) programme even though it had "officially" been abandoned by the Nazis. The "August" is the summer - the season that the film was obviously set in.
The two nurses are worthy of a mention here because they defy the stereotype: one, the hatchet-faced Catholic dogmatist is the true humanitarian. The other, an attractive, sweet talking and easy-going blue eyed young woman, is the reliable child killer, using raspberry juice to keep the lethal dose of barbiturate down. On the other hand, the medical director is a man who seems determined to see his projects through with efficiency no matter what the cost - the epitome of a Nazi stooge stereotype (but a well defined and well acted one).
The children were portrayed brilliantly. There are touching and realistic moments here that don't descend into sentimentality and help you to empathize with the victims rather than merely sympathize.
This film is difficult to watch but it has to be, because it's portraying an event in history many people would rather not contemplate. An event that occurred at a time when many people went mad in the wake of recession and populist extremism. It's a warning from history put into film. And it's a well acted and considered warning at that.
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