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3.7
1,000 Ratings

Phoenix

Directed by Christian Petzold
Germany, 2014
Drama

Synopsis

After surviving Auschwitz, a former cabaret singer, her face disfigured and reconstructed, returns to her war-ravaged hometown to find the gentile husband who may or may not have betrayed her. Without recognizing her, he enlists her to play his wife in a bizarre hall-of-shattered-mirrors story…

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Phoenix Directed by Christian Petzold
Past intersects with present like needle pulling thread; Hitchcock crosses paths with Fassbinder; gaze is met with unseeing gaze. Countries, marriages, human beings: any whole that’s come asunder, says Phoenix, must first endure fire if it’s going to be rebuilt.
December 31, 2015
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Classical form in cinema still has its uses. Petzold’s survivor tragedy tells a story that’s squalid and irrational in equal measure, and tells it with measured, masterly detachment. Killer ending.
December 18, 2015
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I didn’t see a better performance in 2015 than the one Nina Hoss delivers in Christian Petzold’s spellbinding noir melodrama, a peak achievement in one of the most remarkable director-actor pairings in recent movies. As a Holocaust survivor searching for answers amid the rubble of a bombed-out Berlin, Hoss reshapes her character’s face into a scarred canvas of pain and political meaning.
December 17, 2015
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