Anonyma - Eine Frau in Berlin (A Woman in Berlin)
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Anonyma - Eine Frau in Berlin (A Woman in Berlin)
The horrors and moral compromises of war set the stage for this harrowing drama from director Max Färberböck, based on a true story. An anonymous female reporter (Nina Hoss) is living in Berlin in the spring of 1945; most of the city has been reduced to rubble by bombing, the German army has been decimated, and most of those left behind are expecting the arrival of Russian troops and fearful of what awaits them. The reporter is one of a number of women who are hiding wherever they can in the city, expecting that they will be raped and brutalized by the Russians. It doesn't take long for… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

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"A clear-eyed portrait of a highly charged chapter in Germany's history, a history that once again proves rewarding fodder for an alert artistic imagination."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Sometimes a movie based on true events is forceful out of all proportion to its middling presentation."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"An honourable effort to illustrate a period in post-war German history that remained conveniently shrouded for years."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"That rarest of wartime dramas: an intimate, sorrowful glimpse into the heart and loins of the hellish aftermath of war."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"Like The Reader, this film treads unsteadily over the terrain of German guilt."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"No one is guiltless-not the Russian commander (Yevgeny Sidikhin) who takes the heroine as his lover, nor her bourgeois landlady (Fassbinder alumnus Irm Hermann), who welcomes the occupiers for their black market goods."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"[A] brutal, unforgettable film."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"The suffering of these Berlin women, however tragic, is decontextualized from the infinitely greater crimes against humanity's millions by Germany at the time, which in fact was responsible for their fate."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"Though deliberately paced and somewhat repetitive, it's...powerful and enlightening."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"A disturbing memoir of rape and conquest."
‑ Kurt Loder, MTV
"The film is well-acted, with restraint, by Hoss and Sidikhin. The writer and director, Max Faerberboeck, employs a level gaze and avoids for the most part artificial sentimentality. The physical production is convincing."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Though the story is based in truth, an emotionally removed Hoss feels more like a symbol than an actual person, while her detached narration keeps us at further remove."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"It's a rigorous adaptation, handsomely mounted and with fine performances, but totally impersonal."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"This sobering account of such tragic events deserves kudos for avoiding sensationalizing a subject matter that easily could be exploited."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"evokes the meaninglessness of trying to find morals in war"
‑ Chris Cabin,
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