Habermann (2011)

1938, a small village in Sudetenland. The saw mill owner Habermann is the biggest employer in his village and married to Jana, a young and beautiful Czech woman, who is half Jewish. Although Habermann is not interested in politics or… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 5, 2011
DVD Release Date: July 8, 2012
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John Anderson

More soap opera than high drama, the film is confused and confusing, and tedious to boot.

Mark Holcomb
Village Voice

A World War II melodrama with a hook, Habermann does a credible job of personalizing a period of the war largely unknown outside the Czech Republic.

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Mike Hale
New York Times

As directed by the Czech veteran Juraj Herz in prestige-television style, the bulk of the film is a classically proportioned and tasteful wartime soap opera.

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Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine

A portrait of a town that never feels completely real, devoid of normality or everyday activity, a depiction which undercuts the eventual emotional escalation.

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Nick Schager
Time Out

Compensates for its under-occupation familiarity with poignant performances, confident direction and an impressively sober sense of how the era's tragedy kept expanding exponentially.

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