Nelly eventually tracks Johnny down but he – convinced that his wife has perished – discerns only an unnerving resemblance to his former spouse. Hoping to secure Nelly’s inheritance, Johnny suggests to Nelly that she take on the identity of his late wife.
German director Christian Petzold reunites with his Barbara lead actors in a haunting, noirish drama of treachery, identity and survival.
“Beneath the Hitchcock-like plot of shifting identities in the months after Germany’s World War II surrender lies a tragic study of obsessive love…Hoss conveys the tangle of emotions with tender regret. A chamber piece set amidst ruins…the final scene…is one of the most powerfully gripping cinema experiences of the year” The Sunday Age
“A post-war masterwork by way of Vertigo” Slant
18 Jun - 27 Jun
June, 1945. Badly injured, her face disfigured, Auschwitz survivor Nelly (the formidable Nina Hoss) returns to her hometown of Berlin. She is accompanied by Lene, (Nina Kunzendorf) a Jewish Agency employee and Nelly’s friend from pre-war days. Barely recovered from facial surgery, Nelly ignores Lene’s misgivings and sets out to find her husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), a man who may or may not have played a role in Nelly’s arrest.