Phoenix

Phoenix

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Average of 92 ratings: 3.1 Stars

2014 M Contains adult themes.

Return from the ashes

June, 1945. Badly injured, her face destroyed, Auschwitz survivor Nelly (Nina Hoss, BARBARA, HOMELAND) returns to her hometown, Berlin. She's accompanied by Lene (Nina Kunzendorf, WOMAN IN GOLD), a Jewish Agency employee and Nelly's friend from pre-war days. Having barely recovered from facial surgery, Nelly ignores Lene's warnings and sets out to find her husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld, BARBARA) the love of her life who is convinced that his wife is dead. When Nelly finally tracks him down, he recognizes nothing but an unnerving resemblance and doesn't believe it could really be her. Hoping to secure her family's inheritance, Johnny suggests to Nelly that she take on the identity of his late wife.

Cast:
Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf
Director:
Christian Petzold
Genres:
Foreign , German
Format:
DVD
Demand:
High

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Duration
94 minutes

DVD details

Screen Format
2.35:1 Widescreen 16x9 Enhanced
Zone
4
Subtitles
English
Audio
German Dolby Digital 5.1

4 Member Reviews Write a review

5 by ElsieV

Absolutely brilliant film which is deep and thought provoking. I saw it in the film festival and was so impressed I got it out to share with my partner. Yes, parts of the story are implausible but that... Read more

4 by Keith2

A great, pensive melodrama, building to a perfect ending where psychological ambiguities are resolved. Fantastic acting by Nina Hoss.

4.5 by Jud

Beautifully filmed,moody and deals with difficult truths. I enjoyed immensly

2.5 by WDSea

Reading the blurb, you might think the plot scenario implausible. It is, and it doesn't get better as it goes on. Some care was taken with glossy period detail but that, along with Christian Petzold and Nina Hoss, can't save the storyline.