Aimée & Jaguar
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The opening film of the 49th International Berlin Film Festival in 1999, Aimée & Jaguar drew attention not only for the lesbian love story that it narrates, but equally for the political position of the lovers -- Aimée, the wife of a Nazi officer, and Jaguar, a Jewish journalist. The story is based on the memoirs of Lilly Wust (the Aimée character), who is 85 and still living in Germany. In 1943, as Allied bombers leave Berlin in ruins, Lilly Wust Juliane Köhler earns a Cross of Motherhood for bringing up four children while husband Günther Detlev Buck is away fighting on the eastern front.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

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"A sophisticated and beautiful feature debut from German television director Max Färberböck."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"This is more than a same-sex success, it's a most affecting, most sensual on-screen love affair, period."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"A well acted, sensual tale of lesbian romance set against the tumultuous setting of WWII and the Holocaust."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Powerful and touching. Good touching."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"An enchanting and provocative love story."
‑ Merle Bertrand, Film Threat
"A vivid slice of life -- and love -- during the 1944 Allied bombardment of Berlin."
‑ Jane Sumner, Dallas Morning News
"Schrader plays Felice with a kind of doomed and reckless bravery."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's a breathtakingly beautiful film, never mawkish, never less than vibrantly real and never more affecting than when it explores the nature of a love that 'dare not speak its name', not in Nazi Germany"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"A história (real) é interessante, mas o roteiro e a direção são enfadonhos. Grandes atuações em um filme que não causa impacto, apenas sono."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"...a rich melange of tumultous and sensual events. The story, acting, direction, set design and costuming fluidly combine to give a passionate portrait of living and loving on the edge of despair in a place and time where there was no tomorrow."
‑ Niki Patton, Martha's Vineyard Times (Massachusetts)
"The film ... isn't up to the complexities the story raises, but it's a consistently engrossing piece of work."
‑ Charles Taylor,
"A reminder that truth never ceases to be stranger than fiction."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Startlingly poignant, Aimée and Jaguar is a story about dreams. If you have ever dreamed, don't miss it."
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"Theatre director Max Färberböck could hardly have picked a more intense and heartbreaking story for his cinema debut."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"While at times a bit too slow, especially during a handful of love scenes that verge on being gratuitous, the strength of the two lead actresses as desperate, devoted lovers is enough to engage audiences throughout the entire pic."
‑ Francesca Dinglasan, Boxoffice Magazine
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