The horrors and moral compromises of war set the stage for this harrowing drama from director Max Färberböck, based on a true story. 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 favor with a Soviet officer who will then protect her from his underlings. The reporter's plan works as she becomes the lover of Major Andrej (Yevgeni Sidikhin), an officer with decidedly mixed feelings about his work. 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. Anonyma -- Eine Frau in Berlin (aka A Woman in Berlin) received its world premiere at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival.
Disc #1 -- A Woman in Berlin 1. Coming Back [9:05] 2. The Russians [9:47] 3. Unwilling [8:02] 4. No One Spared [8:04] 5. Asking For Help [10:45] 6. Wretched Germany [9:28] 7. Another Raid [8:54] 8. Elke [:00] 9. An Announcement [9:44] 10. A Bitter Defeat [7:23] 11. Found Out [9:51] 12. A Grim Morning [12:01] 13. Transferred [9:26] 14. End Credits [7:33]
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More than 1 year ago
This movie is so excellent and a true story. Horrible and sad! I give five stars.
More than 1 year ago
The gravity of this film is very heavy. It is a morbid, dirty, and desperate film about the Russian occupation of a fallen Berlin, chronicling the survival tactics of a woman. Despite the adaptation to the unfavorable conditions of occupation, what was shocking was how the Germans reacted to the charged atrocities committed by their regular army [not the SS]. That and the testament to how many days a Russian soldier had been fighting offered a glimpse at one of tens of millions of tragic stories from that era.