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Import Blu-Ray/Region All pressing. In German and Russian with English sub-titles.
An anonymous female reporter (Nina Hoss) is living in Berlin in the spring of 1945; most of the city has been reduced to rubble by bombing, the German army has been decimated, and most of those left behind are expecting the arrival of Russian troops and fearful of what awaits them. The reporter is one of a number of women who are hiding wherever they can in the city, expecting that they will be raped and brutalized by the Russians. It doesn't take long for their worst fears to be realized as the emotionally ravaged Russian soldiers take out their anger and frustration on their new captives. But the reporter, who can speak Russian, is determined not to allow herself to be violated by the soldiers, and she decides to curry favour with a Soviet officer who will then protect her from his underlings. But as the reporter trades consensual sex for the safety Andrej can give her, both are aware who is the victor and who is a captive, and elsewhere in Berlin both German survivors and the soldiers occupying Berlin show the scars of war as they bring out the worst in one another.
Excellent cinematic adaption of the historical diary of survival in wartime Berlin. While the movie, by practical necessity, avoided the graphic detail and many horrible incidents... Read morePublished 4 months ago by D. Dassel
The film is actually quite good, when seen through the lens of film criticism and artistry. The acting is well done, much to the credit of the casting director. Read morePublished on May 30, 2013 by Darius