Tuesday, 24 November 2015

COMING SOON - PHOENIX - Opens December 3

A disfigured concentration-camp survivor (Nina Hoss), unrecognizable after facial reconstruction surgery, searches ravaged postwar Berlin for the husband (Ronald Zehrfeld) who might have betrayed her to the Nazis. —IMDB

An intriguing story but contrived and it’s difficult to suspend belief. It’s quite slow but pretty engaging and the twist at the end is very satisfying. Nina Hoss is excellent as Nelly, the concentration-camp survivor. The best way to understand this movie is, according to some, not to take it literally. That may help to overlook the manufactured plot line. Some have suggested that it is an allegory — I’ll leave viewers to decide that for themselves. Very atmospheric and explores some complex themes. A fresh take on post-Holocaust survival.


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