- 1h 38min
- 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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Reviews & features
Phoenix4 May 2015
Christian Petzold and Nina Hoss reteam for a bold, fundamentally flawed drama
Christian Petzold follows 2012's exquisite Barbara with a rather more audacious tale, once again starring his muse Nina Hoss. His seventh cinematic feature dons the duplicity and shadowy stylings of a (full colour) film noir and is flush with the…
Phoenix by Christian Petzold
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