Phoenix

Phoenix

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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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Variety

Variety

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[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

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A noir-ish and complex emotional thriller.

4.0
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The Guardian

The Guardian

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

2.0
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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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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

press

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

5.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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A gripping study of treachery, identity and survival.

4.0
0

AAarrgh.... Not good !

Sooooo SLOW... & main character had zero personality or even purpose. Struggled to find a viable plot and the ridiculous ending backed that up. Major disappointment after the reviews...... And Im a fan of foreign movies in general.

1.0
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Hugely disappointing

Love film noir. Love German movies. Loved the premise but this is a turkey IMHO. More plot holes than a pastafarian wedding hat. And no resolution to a story that demanded one. I dont mind a bit of ambivalence but I was left feeling I had watched half a movie. Wooden performances that reminded me of an actors workshop "Give me traumatised Darling,...

1.0
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Intelligent and moving story...

"Phoenix" is different to other movies of this genre; the film skillfully portrays the characters' emotions, leaving much room for our own thoughts and feelings to develop. Excellent film, highly recommend!

5.0
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Variety

Variety

press

[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.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

A noir-ish and complex emotional thriller.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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

2.0
0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

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.

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

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

5.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A gripping study of treachery, identity and survival.

4.0
0

AAarrgh.... Not good !

Sooooo SLOW... & main character had zero personality or even purpose. Struggled to find a viable plot and the ridiculous ending backed that up. Major disappointment after the reviews...... And Im a fan of foreign movies in general.

1.0
0

Hugely disappointing

Love film noir. Love German movies. Loved the premise but this is a turkey IMHO. More plot holes than a pastafarian wedding hat. And no resolution to a story that demanded one. I dont mind a bit of ambivalence but I was left feeling I had watched half a movie. Wooden performances that reminded me of an actors workshop "Give me traumatised Darling,...

1.0
0

Intelligent and moving story...

"Phoenix" is different to other movies of this genre; the film skillfully portrays the characters' emotions, leaving much room for our own thoughts and feelings to develop. Excellent film, highly recommend!

5.0
0