The Aryan Couple, (The Couple) (2005)

The Aryan Couple, (The Couple) (2005)



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In this drama set in Eastern Europe in 1944, (Martin Landau) plays Josef Krauzenberg, a wealthy Hungarian Jewish business owner who, despite his fortune, finds his life hanging in the balance as the Nazi "final solution" is being enacted throughout Eastern Europe. Under the terms of the Third Reich's "Europa Plan," Krauzenberg arranges with Nazi leaders to exchange his fortune, his business holdings (textile plants, steel mills, ownership of several banks) and a collection of rare art for safe passage to Switzerland for himself, his wife Rachel (Judy Parfitt), and their family. Such is Krauzenberg's wealth and power that when he agrees to sign over his property, two of the most powerful men in the Nazi regime announce they will come to his house to handle the paperwork -- Adolf Eichmann (Steven Mackintosh) and Heinrich Himmler (Danny Webb); however, as the Nazi leaders are ushered into Krauzenberg's home, they notice something unusual -- his two most trusted servants, Hans Vassmann (Kenny Doughty) and his wife Ingrid (Caroline Carver) are a married Aryan couple who are still working for a Jew despite the pogrom. As it happens, Eichmann and Himmler's suspicions are well-founded -- Hans and Ingrid are actually Jews working undercover with a team of resistance fighters, and as they serve the Nazis, they wonder if they should kill Eichmann and Himmler for the greater good, even if it would mean certain death for the Krauzenbergs and themselves. While The Aryan Couple is fictional, it was inspired by actual events, and the existence of the "Europa Plan" has been documented, though no one appears to have been saved from death through its application.
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Martin Landau
as Josef Krauzenberg
Judy Parfitt
as Rachel Krauzenberg
Kenny Doughty
as Hans Vassman
Caroline Carver
as Ingrid Vassman
Danny Webb
as Heinrich Himmler
Daniel Webb
as Himmler
Steven Mackintosh
as Adolf Eichmann
Jake Wood
as Dresler
Nolan Hemmings
as Gerhard
Austen Palmer
as Becher
Austem Palmer
as Kurt Becher
Tyler Bizzel
as Sentry
Adrian O'Donnell
as Adjutant
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Critic Reviews for The Aryan Couple, (The Couple)

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (17)

Mainly notable for its inappropriate, blithe sentimentality. In another film this would be the usual Hollywood hokum. In a film about the most serious subject imaginable, it amounts to moral idiocy.

Full Review… | October 6, 2006
Boston Globe
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The worst Holocaust movie ever.

April 14, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
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he story loses its grip and momentum during the laboriously realized denouement, which follows the hired help's struggle to escape to Switzerland amid overwrought action sequences propelled by a shrieking violin-driven soundtrack.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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The whole thing is coarse and vulgar, as it hides its low fascinations behind a scrim of Holocaust piety until it becomes pure kitsch.

Full Review… | November 18, 2005
Washington Post
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A handsome Holocaust melodrama hobbled by a transparent and cartoonish script.

November 18, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Pure sentimental melodrama, with not a moment's reflection on any issue larger than the fate of our heroes.

November 17, 2005
Arizona Republic
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Audience Reviews for The Aryan Couple, (The Couple)

This is about loyalty, common or special to particular persons except for one whose loyalty to his belief leads him to his own destruction after an overbearing protest.

Sid Savillo
Sid Savillo

The problem, as it is so often in well-intentioned movies of this kind, is that rather than illuminate the enormity of Nazism, The Aryan Couple trades upon our knowledge of it for emotional impact.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the Holocaust is back, more overwrought than ever before.

William Goss
William Goss

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