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Monday, September 8, 2014

A Woman in Berlin (Anonyma - Eine Frau in Berlin) by Max Färberböck, 2008 (UR)

with Nina Hoss (Barbara), Evgeniy Sidikhin, Irm Hermann, Rüdiger Vogler, Ulrike Krumbiegel, Rolf Kanies, Jördis Triebel, Roman Gribkov, Juliane Köhler (Two Lives - Zwei Leben, Aimée & Jaguar), Samvel Muzhikyan
From the director of Aimée & Jaguar

Based on the best-selling diaries of an anonymous German woman who survived the Soviet invasion of Berlin at the end of World War II, this gripping drama tells the story of a photojournalist's (Nina Hoss) forbidden relationship with a Soviet officer (Yevgeni Sidikhin). After being sexually assaulted by members of the invading Red Army, she turns to the officer for support, but soon finds herself falling for him.

Another very particular viewpoint on World War II, by a very particular woman at the exact moment when Russians arrive in Berlin and take over the city, after a long draining war, witnessing too many horrors. They arrive in Berlin where only the young, the old and the women are left, where they release all their anger, animal instinct, and of course abuse women. It is not an easy story to watch, and right after watching Generation War (Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter), it looks like the logical continuation of a horrible war and how it has dehumanized too many. Nina Hoss is beautifully strong and the entire cast believable. The movie is suffocating and at times relieving. The director, Färberböck, managed to trap us into an never ending revenge and spiral of horror in which some, very few, can find a way out.

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