• 2014
  • Germany
  • 1h 38min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Christian Petzold
  • Cast: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf
  • UK release: 8 May 2015

Berlin, 1945: Nelly (Hoss), a camp survivor and burns victim, returns home to find that her husband (Zehrfeld) fails to recognise her, believing her to be a stranger who resembles his dead wife. Despite compelling performances, remarkable design and authentic historical anguish, the basic premise is so implausible that the film can't quite recover.

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A disfigured concentration-camp survivor, unrecognisable after facial reconstruction surgery, searches ravaged postwar Berlin for the husband who might have betrayed her to the Nazis.

This film has a rating of PG/13

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