Monday, September 14, 2015

Cinema Clips: Phoenix

Posted By on Mon, Sep 14, 2015 at 8:49 AM

click to enlarge or_phoenix-2014-movie-wallpaper-1920x1440.jpg

Nelly (Nina Hoss), a disfigured Holocaust victim, returns to post-war Berlin in search of her husband Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld). Nelly undergoes facial reconstructive surgery that renders her unrecognizable. When she encounters her husband, he doesn’t know who she is, but does notice a resemblance to his wife, whom he thinks is dead. He conspires with Nelly to have her impersonate his wife so he can be entitled to her inheritance. At face value, director Christian Petzold’s film might sound a little hokey, but it’s anything but. The film is best taken metaphorically, rather than literally. The movie is about Nelly finding out where true loyalty lies within her family and friends, and finding out who truly stood for her in her time of need. A good soul is represented in Lene (Nina Kunzendorf), who brings Nelly to Berlin and tries to protect her. The character of Nelly represents those who survived the Holocaust, embodying the confusion, anger, and sense of betrayal when they returned to everyday life. To watch this film as a straight, realistic drama would be a mistake. It doesn’t work that way. Petzold has made a movie of haunting beauty, especially in the film’s stunning final scene. Nelly is a character that will stay with you long after the movie is over. 


Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Previously in the Range

More by Bob Grimm

  • Wasted Time

    A beloved sci-fi novel goes sideways in the transition to the big screen
    • Mar 15, 2018
  • Dead on Arrival

    The Death Wish remake is pretty lifeless
    • Mar 8, 2018
  • Shimmer and Shakes

    Annihilation is a riveting mix of sci-fi, fantasy and horror
    • Mar 1, 2018
  • More »
Today | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri
Saturday Tour & Tasting

Saturday Tour & Tasting @ Hamilton Distillery

Saturdays, 3-5 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

Staff Pick

Carnival of Illusion: Magic, Mystery & Oooh La La!

This top-rated illusion show is "Revitalizing Magic" by blending an international travel theme with all the charms… More

@ Scottish Rite Grand Parlour Saturdays. Continues through April 14 160 South Scott Ave

» More Picks

Submit an Event Listing

Popular Content

  1. SXSW 2018: Josh T. Pearson Works with the Chaos of SXSW (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  2. Chloe Needs a Home (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  3. SXSW 2018: The Boys Are Back In Town (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  4. See Through Another's Eyes as You Walk a 'Mile in a Refugee's Shoes' (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  5. AZ Republican Legislators Say No To 17 Minutes of Silence (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)

© 2018 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation