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A Woman in BerlinA nameless woman keeps a diary as the Russians invade Berlin in the spring of 1945. In her desperation, she decides to look for an officer who can protect her. She meets a Russian officer, an encounter which develops into a complex symbiotic relationship that forces them to remain enemies until the bitter end.
Actors of "A Woman in Berlin"Rüdiger VoglerBirthdate: 14 May 1942, Warthausen, Biberach, Württemberg [now Baden-Württemberg], Germany
Characters of "A Woman in Berlin"
Directors of "A Woman in Berlin"Max FärberböckBirthdate: 22 September 1950, Munich, Germany
Creators of "A Woman in Berlin"Max FärberböckBirthdate: 22 September 1950, Munich, GermanyMarta Hillers
Critic Reviews of "A Woman in Berlin"Washington PostNovember 06, 2009
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.Chicago ReaderOctober 02, 2009
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.Chicago Sun-TimesSeptember 24, 2009
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.Christian Science MonitorAugust 21, 2009
Sometimes a movie based on true events is forceful out of all proportion to its middling presentation.Los Angeles TimesAugust 07, 2009
[A] brutal, unforgettable film.New York Daily NewsJuly 17, 2009
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.London Evening StandardFebruary 16, 2010
An honourable effort to illustrate a period in post-war German history that remained conveniently shrouded for years.NewsBlazeDecember 18, 2009
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.Combustible CelluloidDecember 04, 2009
It's a rigorous adaptation, handsomely mounted and with fine performances, but totally impersonal.Austin ChronicleOctober 09, 2009
That rarest of wartime dramas: an intimate, sorrowful glimpse into the heart and loins of the hellish aftermath of war.One Guy's OpinionOctober 06, 2009
Though deliberately paced and somewhat repetitive, it's...powerful and enlightening.Ozus' World Movie ReviewsSeptember 15, 2009
This sobering account of such tragic events deserves kudos for avoiding sensationalizing a subject matter that easily could be exploited.
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