Phoenix

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Director: Christian Petzold
Cast: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf
Genre: Drama
Language: English, German with English subtitles
Country of Origin: Germany, Poland 2014 98 mins.
Released by Soda Pictures

June, 1945. Badly injured, her face destroyed, Auschwitz survivor Nelly (Nina Hoss) returns to her hometown, Berlin. She is accompanied by Lene (Nina Kunzendorf), an employee of a Jewish agency and Nelly’s friend from the pre-war days. Having barely recovered from facial surgery, Nelly ignores Lene’s warnings and sets out to find her husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld) – the love of her life who, by refusing to abandon their marriage, protected her from Nazi persecution for so long.

Nelly’s family has been murdered in the Holocaust. Johnny is convinced that his wife, too, 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. Nelly agrees: She becomes her own imposter. She wants to know whether Johnny loved her – and whether he betrayed her. Nelly wants her old life back.

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