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German filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta directs the war drama Rosenstrasse, based on the plight of "mixed marriages" between Jewish men and non-Jewish women during the Holocaust. In contemporary New York, Jewish matriarch Ruth (Jutta Lampe) practices Orthodox mourning traditions for her late husband, to the dismay of her daughter Hannah (Maria Schrader). At the wake, Ruth's cousin Rachel (Carola Regnier) tells Hannah some family secrets that send curious Hannah over to Berlin. She searches out 90-year-old Lena Fischer (Doris Schade), who cared for Ruth during WWII. Flashbacks… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The trite framework, static staging and unemotional acting render this a most forgettable Holocaust tale."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The film opens a window into the fact that not all good Germans were cowed during those dark times."
‑ Angel Gonzalez, Dallas Morning News
"In spite of some manipulation and improbability, Rosenstrasse made me feel good for a good, historical reason, and it didn't minimize anyone's suffering in the process."
‑ CT Staff, Christianity Today
"The film is anchored in particular by the dual performances of Schade as the 90-year-old Lena and the magnificent Riemann as her younger counterpart."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"The movie's disjointed flow makes it hard to watch the story unfold."
‑ Clare Pfeiffer Ramsey, Orlando Weekly
"Succeeds as a testament to the power of love and, in particular, as a tribute to brave women."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"For all its flaws, Rosenstrasse is a welcome reminder that humans are capable of valor and generosity in the worst of times."
‑ Misha Berson, Seattle Times
"This story is inherently dramatic enough to stand on its own, but von Trotta throws it off-kilter by framing her film within a dead-end, modern subplot."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"True story of one of the few attempts by Germans to launch protests against the Nazi dictatorship."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Has the never-ending wave of less-than-essential Holocaust movies begun to reduce the most horrific episode of the 20th Century to the level of just another genre?"
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"A Holocaust drama that proves it's possible to make a minor movie about a major subject."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Rosenstrasse is manipulative, to be sure, but it's also very smart."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"While most of Rosenstrasse is set in World War II, there are present-day, flash-forward sequences that are considerably less involving. Actually, they're so dull that they drag the entire movie to a screeching halt."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Not uninteresting, and it is very nicely performed, although you'll strain to learn from the movie the history on which it is based and struggle futilely to get inside the motivations of its characters."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"A solid, thoughtful, involving drama."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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