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Habermann (2011)

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1938, a small village in Sudetenland. The saw mill owner Habermann is the biggest employer in his village and married to Jana, a young and beautiful Czech woman, who is half Jewish. Although Habermann is not interested in politics or ideology, he and his family will be steamrolled by the insanity of World War II... -- (C) Official site

Cast

Karel Roden
as Karel Brezina
Ben Becker
as Sturmbannführer Kurt Koslowski
Zuzana Kronerová
as Eliska Masek
Jan Hrusinsky
as Vaclav Pespichal
Franziska Weisz
as Marta Brezina
Andrej Hryc
as Bürgermeister Jan Hartl
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Critic Reviews for Habermann

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (4)

More soap opera than high drama, the film is confused and confusing, and tedious to boot.

Full Review… | August 8, 2011
Variety
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As directed by the Czech veteran Juraj Herz in prestige-television style, the bulk of the film is a classically proportioned and tasteful wartime soap opera.

Full Review… | August 4, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

Compensates for its under-occupation familiarity with poignant performances, confident direction and an impressively sober sense of how the era's tragedy kept expanding exponentially.

Full Review… | August 2, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

A World War II melodrama with a hook, Habermann does a credible job of personalizing a period of the war largely unknown outside the Czech Republic.

Full Review… | August 2, 2011
Village Voice
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A portrait of a town that never feels completely real, devoid of normality or everyday activity, a depiction which undercuts the eventual emotional escalation.

Full Review… | August 1, 2011
Slant Magazine

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