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With a powerful lead performance by star Nina Hoss, A Woman in Berlin sheds a light on the moral complications of war. Read critic reviews

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A woman struggles to survive the Russian invasion of Berlin during World War II.

Cast & Crew

Evgeny Sidikhin
Major Andreij Rybkin
Rudiger Vogler
Eckhart
Rolf Kanies
Friedrich Hoch
Jördis Triebel
Bärbel Malthaus
Martin Moszkowicz
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Zbigniew Preisner
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Benedict Neuenfels
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Ewa J. Lind
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Simone Bär
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Critic Reviews for A Woman in Berlin

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  • Sep 14, 2010
    What a well done movie! This is a side of war that I never realized existed. I really do love movies based around Nazi Germany, and I am finding that there are many more that I havent seen via the foreign film genre.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 20, 2009
    With the recent success of The Reade, the notion of a German woman receiving empathy from an audience is kind of the hot issue. Especially if that German woman is portrayed to be, or have been, a Nazi sympathizer. Well, enter A Woman in Berlin. In this real-life story (inspired by the anonymous writings of a journalist woman who lived in the conquered city of Belin during the final stages of the war,) is a true work of art and storytelling. It's inspired and striking all at once. No screenwriter, however clever or prominent, could have ever been able to come up with a story so divisive and emotionally manipulative. No, only real life could have concocted such a miserably cold and true depiction of event rarely portrayed in film. Our anonymous woman takes us on a journey through her world, and the world of those remaining in Berlin during the end of Hitler's Germany. In essence, we see that the remaining civilians (comprised primarily of seniors, young children and the so-called "weaker" sex) were victimized brutally by the invading (or should it read: liberating) forces of the Red Army (Russia.) Furthermore, it is with brilliant efficacy that our anonymous writer conveys that is was these women who were the remaining soldier's on the front lines of Germany's scarred urban battlefields. We meet our protagonist in an era before the height of war. We meet her in a time in history where we may presume her to be a sympathizer of hate and prejudice. She is vibrant and idealistic about the future of her country, blindly subscribing to manipulative ideas and philosophies that were shrouded in a blanket of national pride. Flash forward to a time where misery prevails and the tables are turned. Many themes are evident in this film and is reveals and unravels itself slowly, yet efficiently -- like the speed at which a woman sheepishly undresses for her male predator moments before her body's inevitable ravaging. Obviously, the plight of women is magnificently portrayed in this film. More specifically: the dismal day-to-day living of the German women who were to be punished for the wrong-doings of their country's leaders, none of whom they'd ever met. Defenseless and battered, the women must fend for themselves as their remaining men find themselves spirited away to Siberia or worse for the crimes that their father have committed. It is with great success that other shades are painted around what is considered to be right and wrong in times of war. The are a myriad moral subtexts to be gathered. Namely, who is the liberator and what does liberating mean? How do you avoid succumbing to the thirst with which revenge nags? What lines must be crossed or avoided in order to keep yourself from becoming the very essence of the hate you've hoped to extinguish? Ultimately, as we learn from our anonymous heroine, such judgments are irrelevant when your only goal in life is to remain attached to life itself. Your perception of the world and its concepts can never remain in your mind unscathed or unblemished. That way of seeing the world will always be altered and affected by the events that transpire in it. Therefore, the way you love; the way you fight; the way you live will never be the same again.
    Rico Z Super Reviewer
  • Aug 05, 2009
    <div align="justify"><p><i>By Williamsjr: The Soviet troops have been very brutal to German Women. After the WWII everyone wanted a piece of German. France, Italians, Russians, Brits and ofcourse America. I respect how Germans shows the dark piece of History of their Nation no matter as Victims or Torturer. </i> <b>Quote End:</i> <br> <b> Das ist noch untertrieben. Die Russische Soldaten haben Deutsche Schwangere Frauen die Fötus gewaltsam entfernt und Fussball damit gespielt und auch noch dies gefilmt! Was heute die Russen versuchen zu untermauern, zu spät es zu verleugnen manche von uns haben diese graue taten auf TV gesehen und manche unsere vorfahren es auch erlebt. u.a. Und ja, alle wollten ein stück von Deutschland.</b> </br><b> It is one of these Movie, I ll need a time to get over it. I just dont know what to say. If you are interested in this Movie than you should go read the reviews on the Main Flixster page of the Movie. I just cannt go on. Would be too long. But there is something went through my mind. <br></b><i>You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I'll rise.</I> - Maya Angelou
    Lilo C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 04, 2009
    "A Woman in Berlin," written and directed by Max Farberbock and starring the great Nina Hoss, is a treasure. Most immediately it is about the epidemic of rape that the women of Berlin suffered at the hands of the invading Soviet Army in 1945. But it also opens up to become an infinitely complex meditation on warfare and the unique feelings of excitement and dread that accompany the downfall of one world and its replacement by another. It also nobly tries to reckon with the particular rivalry and comradeship that for centuries has marked the collisions of German-speaking and Russian-speaking Europeans. Bravo to Herr Farberbock, an artist of singular courage. --unfinished--
    William D Super Reviewer

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