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




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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...


Antje Traue
as Special Agent Sara Simon
Tim Seyfi
as Fajnbrot
Mark Ivanir
as Holzmann
Hans Low
as Verständig
Jeffrey Mittelman
as Sergeant Harry Ledermann
Tania Garbarski
as Frau Sonja
Joel Basman
as Lubliner
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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Not your typical Holocaust-inspired drama.

April 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.

October 25, 2017 | Full Review…

[Bye Bye Germany] tells an unusual story with gusto, enlivened by an enjoyable performance from Moritz Bleibtreu.

October 25, 2017 | Full Review…

Focuses on Moritz Bleibtrue's humorous and often poignant performance as a survivor.

April 22, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The film doesn't fully carry the weight that director/writer Sam Garbarski and co-writer Michel Bergmann seem to be aiming for. The characters appear to grapple with emotional issues, but the film doesn't delve very deeply into them.

April 16, 2018 | Rating: 5.5/10 | Full Review…

As a pretty American Jewish lawyer investigates, the tale turns dark - but never hopeless.

April 5, 2018 | Rating: A | Full Review…

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