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Aimée & Jaguar (2000)

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90

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 48
Fresh: 43 | Rotten: 5

A gripping examination of sexual taboos, set against the backdrop of Nazi Germany, bolstered by a subtly shaded script and a strong cast.

92

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 1

A gripping examination of sexual taboos, set against the backdrop of Nazi Germany, bolstered by a subtly shaded script and a strong cast.

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The opening film of the 49th International Berlin Film Festival in 1999, Aimée & Jaguar drew attention not only for the lesbian love story that it narrates, but equally for the political position of the lovers -- Aimée, the wife of a Nazi officer, and Jaguar, a Jewish journalist. The story is based on the memoirs of Lilly Wust (the Aimée character), who is 85 and still living in Germany. In 1943, as Allied bombers leave Berlin in ruins, Lilly Wust Juliane Köhler earns a Cross of Motherhood for

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All Critics (61) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (43) | Rotten (5) | DVD (3)

A sophisticated and beautiful feature debut from German television director Max Färberböck.

October 2, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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A vivid slice of life -- and love -- during the 1944 Allied bombardment of Berlin.

February 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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The film ... isn't up to the complexities the story raises, but it's a consistently engrossing piece of work.

August 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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This is more than a same-sex success, it's a most affecting, most sensual on-screen love affair, period.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Schrader plays Felice with a kind of doomed and reckless bravery.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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A reminder that truth never ceases to be stranger than fiction.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A well acted, sensual tale of lesbian romance set against the tumultuous setting of WWII and the Holocaust.

August 2, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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It's a breathtakingly beautiful film, never mawkish, never less than vibrantly real and never more affecting than when it explores the nature of a love that 'dare not speak its name', not in Nazi Germany

April 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Startlingly poignant, Aimée and Jaguar is a story about dreams. If you have ever dreamed, don't miss it.

April 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Powerful and touching. Good touching.

August 14, 2007
ColeSmithey.com

A história (real) é interessante, mas o roteiro e a direção são enfadonhos. Grandes atuações em um filme que não causa impacto, apenas sono.

July 25, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Theatre director Max Färberböck could hardly have picked a more intense and heartbreaking story for his cinema debut.

January 23, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

An enchanting and provocative love story.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

...a rich melange of tumultous and sensual events. The story, acting, direction, set design and costuming fluidly combine to give a passionate portrait of living and loving on the edge of despair in a place and time where there was no tomorrow.

November 30, 2002 Full Review
Martha's Vineyard Times (Massachusetts)

While at times a bit too slow, especially during a handful of love scenes that verge on being gratuitous, the strength of the two lead actresses as desperate, devoted lovers is enough to engage audiences throughout the entire pic.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Certainly this is great dramatic fodder, and first-time feature film director Max Farberbock has given a terrific visual style, resonance, sense of hope and power to the material.

April 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Based on a true story, though that doesn't really make it all that compelling.

October 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Watching Aimee and Jaguar is like having your eyes anxiously affixed on a cracked mirror on the wall, delicately held together, yet on the brink of violently shattering to the ground.

August 9, 2001 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

Rewarding viewing, evocatively re-creating a narrative milieu and war-time Berlin rarely seen on screen.

July 3, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

With a solid support cast, this is always an engaging and moving drama.

May 3, 2001 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

In the midst of all the chaos of war, how people chose to live and how they survived emotionally is conveyed well and without the usual cliches.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Färberböck does a great job at capturing Lilly's first nervous foray into lesbianism, as well as Felice's cautiousness at becoming involved in a potentially dangerous relationship.

January 1, 2000
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Audience Reviews for Aimée & Jaguar

i really liked this movie. Another one of my Library Media finds.
February 9, 2007
purplemegan

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Great, great film. Touching, historically mostly accurate and great acting.
February 23, 2006
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