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Nebel im August (2016)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Kai Wessel

Writers:

Holger Karsten Schmidt (screenplay), Robert Domes (novel)
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Credited cast:
Ivo Pietzcker ... Ernst Lossa
Sebastian Koch ... Dr. Werner Veithausen
Thomas Schubert ... Paul Hechtle
Fritzi Haberlandt ... Oberschwester Sophia
Henriette Confurius Henriette Confurius ... Edith Kiefer
Branko Samarovski Branko Samarovski ... Max Witt
David Bennent ... Oja
Jule Hermann Jule Hermann ... Nandl
Niklas Post Niklas Post ... Josef
Karl Markovics ... Christian Lossa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patrick Heyn Patrick Heyn ... Nazi
Lyonel Hollaender Lyonel Hollaender ... Christoph
Juls Serger Juls Serger ... Hermann Klein
Franziska Singer ... Frau Klein
Arne Wichert Arne Wichert ... Toni
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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 drsandivaughan

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Drama | War

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Germany

Release Date:

29 September 2016 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Agustosta Sis See more »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Solid but linear
25 July 2016 | by Karl SelfSee all my reviews

I don't actually know why the movie is called "Fog in August" as that image is never referenced in the movie. It is taken from the eponymous book it's based on, perhaps it is explained there.

The historical backdrop of the movie is "T4", the Nazi campaign to kill those deemed "unworthy to live" because they were handicapped, suffered from a psychiatric condition or -- in many cases -- were just unruly or even merely unpopular with the authorities. The film acts as a docudrama, trying to get some historical facts across while narrating the coming of age-story of Ernst Lossa, a around fourteen-years-old rapscallion. In real life, his father was eventually murdered by the Nazis because he was a traveling artisan.

The film creates some dramatic tension by pitching two nurses against each other in an unlikely fashion. Stern-looking "mother superior" Sophia is a devout catholic who does the right thing by trying to protect her wards, while doe-eyed sister Edith acts as the angel of death, killing children on command by giving them raspberry juice mixed with barbiturates.

There is nothing wrong with this movie, and it has a great cast to boot. On the other hand, it's simply another moral showcase about Nazi evils, and you have to be somewhat masochistically inclined to watch it voluntarily. I'm worried that a large part of German cinematic production these days is uninspired "propaganda for the right cause". Hopefully, this movie will inspire many viewers to research the history of T4 on their own.


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