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Anonyma - Eine Frau in Berlin (A Woman in Berlin) Reviews

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½ November 18, 2015
well crafted WWII pic post WWII really intense bummer theatre about life during wartime from a female perspective which is very grim.
April 12, 2015
Movies like that are the reason I love war movies. Beautiful. True story too, which makes it so much more emotional.
½ May 13, 2013
Obezglavljena realnost osvajanja, pobjede, ponosa ...i silovanja koje ide uz to. Nema goreg trenutka za biti zena, nego na strani gubitnika u ogromnom ratu. Bljakavo.
½ April 27, 2013
Harrowing experiences of war
March 8, 2013
Absolutely haunting. Anyone who talks about whose 'fault' it was or Hitler's crimes misses the point of the film and erases the terrible suffering of German civilians at the hands of Russian army.
February 24, 2013
Brutal to see what war can do to people. It is gripping and a movie that will leave you impacted for sure because it highlights an incredibly horrible event of the mass rape of German women by Soviet men, who were desperate for revenge due to the Brutal Nazi assault on the USSR and it's inhabitants. I would be prepared to be at times disturbed, yet the film carries a love that truly fits in well. A very sad movie but incredibly powerful and extremely historically accurate.
½ February 19, 2013
A well made movie based on real-life events. Despite being rather long, it seemed a bit lacking in character development, or at least elaborating a little more on their motivations. The way the main characters were portrayed, it was hard to feel much sympathy for either of them.
½ February 2, 2013
Tänään Teemalla. Tärkeä elokuva joka laajentaa kuvaa siitä miten vuosikausia jatkunut väkivalta muuttaa ihmistä. Jos miehillä ei ole mitään ihmisarvoa sodassa niin naisella ei sitäkään. Elokuva karistaa sankarikuvitelmat ja hvvä niin.
January 26, 2013
A very solid film shot in that serious, no nonsense "German" way, that depicts a subject that for a long time was simply swept under the carpet. The mass orgy of rape and murder by Red Army soldiers of females in Eastern Europe. 'Eine Frau in Berlin' is based on the 'Anonyma' diary of a Berlin woman, Marta Hillers, who had remained nameless up until 2 years after her death. Upon the original release of her diary in the 1950's, there was such an outrage that she was compelled to with-hold any future reprints.

Hillers, played namelessly by Nina Hoss, undergoes a series of brutal rapes after the Soviets roll into the streets of Berlin, which has become a city of rubble, populated by women, children and old men unfit for military service. The women (and girls) are taken by force or threat of lethal force and are utterly helpless in their hopeless situation. Hillers then decides to take matters into her own hands as best as she can in the situation that presents itself to her and tries to make sure that she decides who is to rape her, thereby giving herself what little control she is able to assign to herself. In doing so, she "enlists" the "protection" of a Soviet Officer, by offering herself to him. Over time, the officer and Hillers form a strange relationship forged in no small part by the utter chaos that surrounds them both.

'Eine Frau in Berlin' covers some rough ground and it's a brave move by the producers to film the project in the first place. The location, vehicles, uniforms and people all look incredibly authentic and the viewer really does get the feel of what it was like to be a civilian on a Berlin street in the final weeks of the war. In that respect, it's a great companion piece to the excellent 'Downfall', a film which refused to touch upon the subject of mass rape at all.

However, the film isn't half as harsh as it should have been, given the fact that the Soviet soldiers raped females "from 8 to 80" and one feels that there was still a lot left unsaid. The film is also confined to the Berliner's ordeals, which I suppose is to be expected. However, it wasn't just in Berlin, or Germany that Soviet troops unleashed their base actions. Throughout Poland, Hungary, Latvia and other countries, including parts of Russia as well, women were subject to this barbarity. There are even stories of women from "liberated" concentration camps being raped too.

Of course, just like it's wrong to suggest that all German soldiers were nazis, it's equally wrong to suggest that all Red Army personnel engaged in wanton rape and murder and the film goes some way to showing this.

In the end, the vast majority of Russians, like every soldier in WWII regardless of their nation, simply wanted the war to be over so that they could go home.
January 13, 2013
A brutal, unforgettable film. Will be reading the journal from which it was based on very soon. How does one, woman, man, child, cope with the residue of war and the bruises it leaves behind? Who is innocent? Is anyone? What would you do?
December 30, 2012
This was quite a powerful movie. The 1st half of the movie focuses on the struggles of German women in defending themselves against the Russian men as they occupy Berlin (that is putting it lightly). The second half of the film focuses on the developing relationships that evolve out of the interactions that the Russians have with the civilian Germans. Overall, I was thoroughly impressed with this story and was even more impressed to discover that it was based on diary.
December 21, 2012
Stereotypical & predictable from the beginning to the end
December 18, 2012
I enjoyed the book, so I'll probably check it out on DVD.
December 8, 2012
I wouldn't see this. I'm afraid that this would feature people crapping on each other.
½ November 2, 2012
A woman tries to survive the invasion of Berlin by the Soviet troops during the last days of World War II.
½ July 3, 2012
Anonyma - Eine Frau in Berlin - A Woman in Berlin - CATCH IT (B+)
A Woman in Berlin (German: Eine Frau in Berlin) is an autobiographical account of the period from 20 April to 22 June 1945 in Berlin (Battle of Berlin). At the author's request, the work was published anonymously for her protection. The book purports to detail the writer's experiences as a rape victim during the Red Army occupation of the city. Two years after her death in 2003 the anonymous author was identified in the Süddeutsche Zeitung by Jens Bisky (a German literary editor) as Marta Hillers. (Wiki)
The controversial German movie is about the women who survived the war by working as captivate prostitutes for the Russians. Just like every war all the men were killed and women were tortured and captured by the occupiers. The starting of the movie is really nice as how it shows how people have to go through and live through once Russians won over Germany. The women whose husbands were Nazi were bound to be raped and tortured by the occupiers.
The performances by all the German actor and actresses and especially Nina Hoss, August Diehl & Evgeniy Sidikhin are admirable. Because the performances in these hard hitting movies makes you believe the situation. The beginning of the movie really good but the movie falls when they start showing the romance between German woman and the Red Army commander, it slowed down the phase.
On the whole, A woman in Berlin is a really nice movie about the aftermaths of the War.
May 23, 2012
ooo das film ist interessant :)
½ May 13, 2012
A clear-eyed portrait of a highly charged chapter in Germany's history, a history that once again proves rewarding fodder for an alert artistic imagination.
February 29, 2012
Side of World War II that I had no idea even existed.
½ January 1, 2012
This movie is terrible. Not only does it meander through a confused plot it features no less than 30 minutes of excessive rape scenes.
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