Tag Archives: german

Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen / Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970) Werner Herzog, Helmut Döring, Paul Glauer, Gisela Hertwig, Comedy, Drama

Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen (Werner Herzog, 1970)
The inhabitants of an institution in a remote country rebel against their keepers. Their acts of rebellion are by turns humorous, boring and alarming. An allegory on the problematic nature of fully liberating the human spirit, as both commendable and disturbing elements of our nature come forward. The film shows how justifiable revolt may be empowering, but may also turn to chaos and depravity. The allegory is developed in part by the fact that the film is cast entirely with dwarfs.

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Der neunte Tag / The Ninth Day (2004) Volker Schlöndorff, Ulrich Matthes, August Diehl, Hilmar Thate, Drama, Thriller, War

Der neunte Tag (Volker Schlondorff, 2004)
In World War II, after a period living hell on earth in the concentration camp of Dachau with other catholic priests, Father Abbé Henri Kremer gets a nine days leave to return to his home town for his mother’s funeral. Along this period, the SS Gestapo lieutenant Gebhardt tries to persuade Henri, who was born in silver-spoon and member of an influent Luxembourgian family, to convince the local bishop to give-up resisting to the Germans and write a letter to the Vatican in the name of the Catholic Church of Luxemburg convincing the Pope to support Hitler and the Nazi regime. The ambivalent Henri questions himself and the bishop what he shall do.

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Vier Minuten / Four Minutes (2006) Chris Kraus, Hannah Herzsprung, Monica Bleibtreu, Vadim Glowna, Drama, Music

Vier Minuten AKA Four Minutes (2006)
In Germany, the elder Frau Traude Krueger gives piano classes in a prison for a few prisoners and the security guard Mütze. When she sees the rebel and aggressive Jenny Von Loeben playing piano, she immediately identifies her potential and offers to teach her for a competition. Frau Krueger finds that Jenny was a prodigy when she was a child; abused when she was a teenager and has been imprisoned for murdering and decapitating a man. Along the period they work together preparing for the exhibition, Frau Krueger discloses secrets about her love in World War II while the self-destructive Jenny has four minutes of glory and recognition of her talent.

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Spanien / Spain (2012) Anja Salomonowitz, Tatjana Alexander, Cornelius Obonya, Grégoire Colin, Drama

Spanien (2012)
A stranded stranger ends up in the wrong place and embarks upon a search for his rights, his money and human beings who still believe in God. Things that aren’t easy to find in this world. Instead he will find Magdalena, a mysterious woman who takes men to her home for something special. Her ex-husband, a police officer, is searching for the words that might bring Magdalena back to him, while a crane operator is a fallen angel tempting fate.

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Ich bin die Andere / I Am the Other Woman (2006) Margarethe von Trotta, Katja Riemann, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Karin Dor, Drama

Ich bin die Andere (2006)
Successful architect Robert has a one-night stand with a mysterious lady in red. The next day they meet again, but Carolin is now a corporate lawyer working on a major contract for Robert and strangely, she seems to have no memory of the previous night. Robert soon finds himself sucked into the morbid world of Carolin and her family’s dark secrets, where sex and death are never far removed, and tragedy seems the only outcome of this decaying bourgeois family.

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The Debt (2007) Assaf Bernstein, Gila Almagor, Yuriy Chepurnov, Oleg Drach, Drama, Thriller

The Debt (2007)
The year is 1965. Rachel Brener is one of 3 young Mossad agents teem who caught “The Surgeon of Birkenau” – a Nazi monster who was never brought to trial in Israel. The official reason was that he was shot as he attempted escape while being held by his Israeli captive (kiddenappers) in a safe house somewhere in Europe. Today, 35 years after the well communicated story of the death of the monster, a small article appears in a local unimportant paper in a Kiev, Ukraine. Surprisingly the Surgeon is alive and is willing to admit his crimes against the human race and especially the Jews. The 3 older x Mossad agents who are in their late 60th became aware to this unfortunate threatening knowledge. The fact was that the “Surgeon” managed to escape from his guards- our 3 agents by wounding the woman who was not alert enough. Now that the old story came up to live again in a completely different version, they needed to cover their asses and secure their lives, reputation and the story they …

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Bittere Ernte / Angry Harvest (1985) Agnieszka Holland, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Elisabeth Trissenaar, Wojciech Pszoniak, Drama, Romance, War

Bittere Ernte (Agnieszka Holland, 1985)
In the winter of 1942-43, a Jewish family leaps from a train going through Silesia. They are separated in the woods, and Leon, a local peasant who’s now a farmer of some wealth, discovers the woman, Rosa, and hides her in his cellar. Leon’s a middle-aged Catholic bachelor, tormented by his sexual drive. He doesn’t tell Rosa he’s seen signs her husband is alive, and he begs her to love him. Rosa offers herself to Leon if he’ll help a local Jew in hiding who needs money. Leon pays, and love between Rosa and him does develop, but then Leon’s peasant subservience and his limited empathy lead to tragedy. At the war’s end, a ray of sunshine comes from an unexpected place.

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