A sophisticated and beautiful feature debut from German television director Max Färberböck.
A vivid slice of life -- and love -- during the 1944 Allied bombardment of Berlin.
| Original Score: B-
The film ... isn't up to the complexities the story raises, but it's a consistently engrossing piece of work.
| Original Score: 3/4
This is more than a same-sex success, it's a most affecting, most sensual on-screen love affair, period.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Schrader plays Felice with a kind of doomed and reckless bravery.
Färberböck's engrossing debut conveys the devotion between Aimée (Juliane Köhler) and Felice Schragenheim (Maria Schrader).
| Original Score: B+
A lustrously shot, well-acted and immensely moving romantic drama.
It reminds us that the Holocaust continues to be a vital source for singular, inspirational stories.
Its series of quiet but moving realizations of the utter ubiquity of the Nazi horror in every single aspect of life, even something as hidden as a sexual sub-culture, is powerful indeed.
A reminder that truth never ceases to be stranger than fiction.
There is surprisingly little emotional amplitude.
| Original Score: 2/5
Färberböck's adaptation relies on the hefty talents of its two leading ladies.