Bye Bye Germany (Es war einmal in Deutschland...) (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Bye Bye Germany offers thoroughly entertaining proof that there are still new stories to be found in the oft-examined rubble of World War II.

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Frankfurt, 1946. David Bermann (Moritz Bleibtreu) and his Jewish friends have escaped the Nazi regime and are now dreaming of leaving for America. But how will they get the money in these tough post-war times? The smooth-talking businessman focuses on what the Germans now need most: fine bed linens nicely wrapped in amusing stories! The six talented entertainers go from home to home, praising housewives with ashy chutzpah until the flattered ladies have no choice but to buy their irresistible items. Business flourishes and a bright new future can be seen in the horizon. But questions about Bermann's past catch up with him. Why does he have two passports? What about his visit to Hitler's mountain retreat? Could he have collaborated with the Nazis? The smart and attractive but uncompromising US officer Sara Simon (Antje Traue) refuses to close the interrogation. She wants to get to the heart of Bermann's wartime memories. Sara matches his quick wit with iron severity, but it becomes increasingly difficult for her to escape his charm...

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Cast

Antje Traue
as Special Agent Sara Simon
Tim Seyfi
as Fajnbrot
Mark Ivanir
as Holzmann
Hans Löw
as Verständig
Jeffrey Mittelman
as Sergeant Harry Ledermann
Tania Garbarski
as Frau Sonja
Joel Basman
as Lubliner
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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (5)

"Bye Bye Germany," a refreshingly original, unpredictable tale about Jews trying to scam their way out of postwar Europe, is part caper, part Holocaust drama, part buddy movie, part romance, and part melancholic comedy.

May 2, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Though the film might ultimately be a little too neat, that shortcoming is made up for by the core performances.

Apr 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Not your typical Holocaust-inspired drama.

Apr 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Decent performances and good intentions can't compensate for a sense of airlessness, reinforced by the kind of ersatz period detailing that makes this costume drama feel so very costume-y.

Oct 25, 2017 | Full Review…
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[Bye Bye Germany] tells an unusual story with gusto, enlivened by an enjoyable performance from Moritz Bleibtreu.

Oct 25, 2017 | Full Review…

The year: 1946. The place: U.S. Displaced Persons Camp, Frankfurt, Germany. The genre: Comedy. Really, and it's enjoyable and rich with ironic humor and dark undertones.

Jul 22, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

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