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Mein bester Feind (My Best Enemy) is a very enjoyable drama, complete with a HAPPY ENDING, something so rare with movies about WWII Nazi persecution of Jews. The central story concerns the betrayal of the friendship between two "blood brothers", one an upper crust Viennese Jew, and the other the son of the Kaufmann family's maid. The ubiquitous Moritz Bleibtreu plays Victor Kaufmann, the son of a very prosperous jewish art dealer. As the story opens in 1938, Victor's "foster brother" Rudi has returned to Vienna, just days before the Nazis annexed Austria. To complicate matters, both guys are in love with the same woman, but she loves Victor. Rudi, unbeknownst to his best friend Victor, has joined the SS, and is ordered to retrieve a reputed Michelangelo drawing from the Kaufmann Family. Der Fuehrer intends to present to El Ducce the drawing, so as to cement their alliance. THat's the setup for a very entertaining, exciting story. MY BEST ENEMY has everything: a surprise Schadenfreude ending, best friends betraying each other, Nazi death camp drama, secret loves, mistaken idenities, hidden rooms filled with renascance treasures, WWII military drama, dark comedy, suspense...EVERYTHING!

The acting thruout is mostly believable, even if the script has so much mistaken idenity it smacks of increduity. Several themes are tackled, such as class warfare, idenity crisis, true vs apparent love, and appearance vs reality. The character of Rudi (played by the actor who was the lead character's "best friend" in GOODBYE LENIN) is especially interesting. In order to make it plain that Rudi doesnt have the education and breeding, of the wealthy Viensians he hopes to socialize with, he speaks with a dialect of Austrian german so thick, that I couldnt understand anything he said. (Everybody else spoke clear high german.) However, Rudi is such a distasteful character, so filled with greed, jealousy and spite, that its incomprehensible why Victor doesnt see right thru him. Of course, the relationship of the two guys, is also symbolic of the civilized, artistic german character (ie VICTOR), being betrayed and almost destroyed by low class Nazi thieves (Rudi). There's a problem with the script, that caused my increduity of these mistaken idenities, as well as the blindness of the Kaufmann family to Rudi's evil nature. (I cant be more explicit without giving away spoilers.) That's why I dont want to rate the film 5 stars. Of course, how the german nation didnt see thru the evil nature of Hitler and the Nazi party, is just as difficult to believe. Overall, its a well produced, well directed drama, with an excellent ending unlike the typical WWII Jewish conscintration camp fare from the Austro-German film school.
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on December 22, 2013
I first saw this film at a festival several years ago. I arrived late and had to sit on the side where I couldn't see the subtitles. I enjoyed what I saw and vowed to see it again when it became available on TV. The second time around was a wholly satisfying experience and well worth the wait.
This suspense story tells the story of a Jewish family of art dealers in 1938 Austria. They obtain a rare Michelangelo drawing and the Nazis want it. Their former housekeeper's son who's been raised in their house as one of the family becomes a Nazi and conspires with them to get the picture. The story is filled with twists and turns that kept me involved right to the end.
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on January 12, 2015
Irony, wry laughter and great twists in this suspense drama will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Against the backdrop of the Holocaust, two former friends ( an Aryan and a Jew ), seek to outwit each other in a desperate bid for survival.
It also provides a frightening examination of, once again, how someone can be so corrupted as to participate in the destruction of fellow human beings that were once beloved friends.
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on September 2, 2016
The storyline is a little far fetched, but it is ok to watch. Being German I like watching German movies.
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on June 5, 2013
I saw this movie at a foreign film festival and fell in love with the movie, the story, the characters, the plot and the actors. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone who likes action, suspense, and adventure mixed in with a little sarcastic lighthearted humor, played out in Austria & Germany during the end of Hitler's regime.
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on September 27, 2015
A very will acted dark comedy. In addition, I liked the fact that one of the main characters was an art dealer. There was also a good ending in this film.
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on November 13, 2015
Worth viewing. Has an ending that reviewers should not give away.
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on October 21, 2014
Very realistic film and well acted. The story is one of a familiar theme but nicely told. WW II never quite goes away and could happen again.
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on November 17, 2015
suspenseful and entertaining
good translation
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on October 14, 2013
This is the kind of movie that keeps you on the edge of you seat. It is a movie well done with surprises throught out. It itnese drama makes you feel if you are there. Well done.
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