For a better experience on MUBI, update your browser.
1,000 Ratings


Directed by Christian Petzold
Germany, 2014


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…

This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what’s now showing
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
Read full article
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
Read full article
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
Read full article

What are people saying?

Related films