Anonyma - Eine Frau in Berlin (A Woman in Berlin)
Anonyma - Eine Frau in Berlin (A Woman in Berlin) (2009)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 17, 2009
DVD Release Date: November 10, 2009
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With a powerful lead performance by star Nina Hoss, A Woman in Berlin sheds a light on the moral complications of war.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

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.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Sometimes a movie based on true events is forceful out of all proportion to its middling presentation.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

An honourable effort to illustrate a period in post-war German history that remained conveniently shrouded for years.

Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

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.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

[A] brutal, unforgettable film.

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Prairie Miller

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's a rigorous adaptation, handsomely mounted and with fine performances, but totally impersonal.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
What a well done movie! This is a side of war that I never realized existed. I really do love movies based around Nazi Germany, and I am finding that there are… More
Walter M.
Based on a controversial memoir, "A Woman in Berlin" is a harrowing piece of history that is rarely discussed. Its only serious drawback is the… More
Rico Zamora
With the recent success of The Reade, the notion of a German woman receiving empathy from an audience is kind of the hot issue. Especially if that German woman… More
Daisy Maduro
Eine Frau in Berlin was the story of diary found many years later of an anonymous woman who wrote her life during the end of WWII and the Soviet invasion in… More
William Dunmyer
"A Woman in Berlin," written and directed by Max Farberbock and starring the great Nina Hoss, is a treasure. Most immediately it is about the epidemic… More