GERMANY – 2014 – 98 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY CHRISTIAN PETZOLD
Nelly Lenz is a concentration camp survivor who has been left severely injured with a disfigured face. Lene Winter, who works for the Jewish Agency, takes her to Berlin. Following facial reconstruction surgery, Nelly begins the search for her husband Johnny.
When she finally does find him, Johnny does not recognise her. Nevertheless he approaches her with a proposal. Since she resembles his wife, whom he believes to be dead, he asks her to help him claim his wife’s considerable inheritance.
Nelly agrees, and becomes her own doppelganger – she needs to know if Johnny ever loved her, or if he betrayed her. Nelly wants her life back. The more similarities to her dead counterpart she reveals, the more desperate and confusing their relationship becomes.
Will Johnny confess his love? Or his guilt?
3.5 out of 4! "a masterful illusion."
- Toronto Star
Petzold’s Phoenix brings light to grim post-Second World War Berlin
- Globe and Mail (Feature)
3.5 out of 4! " ...riveting Nina Hoss propels a remarkable Holocaust drama"
- Globe and Mail (Review)
"The mistaken-identity trope has been used to comedic, dramatic and even horrific effect, but perhaps never in the deep noir tones of Phoenix, the latest from German writer/director Christian Petzold."
- National Post
"Petzold is a modern master and Phoenix might just be his best to date."
- Toronto Film Scene
"Phoenix, somber and serious, is a nimbly directed film, with a fine cast, that explores the emotional landscape of a country scarred by the scourge of Nazism."
- Sheldon Kirshner
An interview with Christian Petzold and Nina Hoss
- Canadian Jewish News
Goethe Film Talk: Christian Petzold & Nina Hoss (Video)
- GOETHE FILM TALK
"...Christian Petzold's PHOENIX were among the highlights of the festival singled out by our Criticwire Network."
"one unforgettable finale"
- TORONTO FILM SCENE
"This film absolutely lives up to the hype."
- EVERYTHING ZOOMER
"Nina Hoss knocks it dead as Nelly"
- FILM FREAK CENTRAL
(One of the) top 10 foreign films to see at TIFF 2014
"its emotional and thematic resonance just keeps building. By the mic drop-worthy final scene, whatever quibbles you had previously evaporate like smoke in the face of PHOENIX’s breathtaking closing notes."
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