My Best Enemy

2013

My Best Enemy (2013)

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In prewar Vienna, Victor Kaufmann (Moritz Bleibtreu/Soul Kitchen, The Baader-Meinhof Complex, Run Lola Run) and Rudi Smekal (Georg Friedrich/ Import/Export, Klimt, The Piano Teacher) had been the closest of friends, ever since childhood. But with Austria's annexation into the Third Reich, Rudi throws his lot in with the Nazis, hoping to gain a leg up by denouncing his Jewish friend and confiscating a Michelangelo sketch owned by Victor's family. The Kaufmanns are sent to a camp-until the authorities discover they only managed to take a forgery, with the whereabouts of the genuine artwork known only to Victor. Determined to find the real Michelangelo, the Nazis bring Victor in for interrogation. But a stormy night and a partisan attack upend their plans, and Victor seizes an opportunity to turn the tables on his captors through a daring scheme of switched identities. (c) IFC

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Cast

Moritz Bleibtreu
as Victor Kaufmann
Uwe Bohm
as SS Officer Widriczek
Marthe Keller
as Hannah Kaufmann
Udo Samel
as Jakob Kaufmann
Rainer Bock
as SS Officer Rauter
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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (8)

The film plays mostly as an uneasily satirical thriller.

Jan 11, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

An awkward blend of anti-Semitic atrocities and identity-swapping absurdity, the World War II drama "My Best Enemy" struggles to find a convincing tone.

Jan 10, 2013 | Rating: 2/5

The script relies on too many unlikely twists, but Bleibtreu manages to sell them all.

Jan 10, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A movie largely devoid of attitude or suspense.

Jan 10, 2013 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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My Best Enemy bleeds suspense like a pin-pricked tire. It wants to be clever, but survivor tales bring with them too much muck.

Jan 9, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Strained attempt at WWII tragi-comedy isn't funny.

Jan 9, 2013 | Full Review…

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