Phoenix

Phoenix

Phoenix

After 2012's superb Barbara, director Christian Petzold and lead Nina Hoss reteam for this post-WWII drama following Nelly (Hoss), a concentration camp survivor who suffered a horrible disfigurement. Unrecognisable after facial reconstruction surgery, she roams a broken Berlin in search of the man who may have betrayed her to the Nazis – her own husband.

2014Rating: M, Adult themes94 minsGermany, PolandGerman with English subtitles
DramaWarHistoricalWorld Cinema

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Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

Christian Petzold’s Phoenix oozes all the smoky atmospherics of a good noir but none of its lurid melodrama. Told in his characteristically direct, spare style, last beautifully wrought in the 2012 GDR-era Stasi drama Barbara, this enigmatic tale of Nelly Lenz, a concentration camp survivor (Nina Hoss) seeking to reunite with her husband Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), who may have betrayed her, is spellbinding cinema. It’s a small marvel of lean construction, with stark, uncluttered images that haunt you long after.

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Variety

Variety

[Builds] to a climax so expertly orchestrated that one imagines he started with it in mind and worked the rest of the movie backward from there.

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Time Out

Time Out

A noir-ish and complex emotional thriller.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

A gloomy, implausible noir, set in the ruins of divided postwar Berlin.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

Petzold's collaboration with the actress Nina Hoss reaches a new level of intensity in Phoenix, a moving drama set in the rubble of post-war Berlin.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

Petzold's best film, and an early contender for one of the year's finest.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Both a powerful allegory for post-war regeneration and a rich Hitchcockian tale of mistaken identity.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A gripping study of treachery, identity and survival.

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