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
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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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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Critic Reviews for My Best Enemy

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (8)

The film plays mostly as an uneasily satirical thriller.

Full Review… | January 10, 2013
New York Post
Top Critic

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.

January 10, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 10, 2013
New York Daily News
Top Critic

A movie largely devoid of attitude or suspense.

Full Review… | January 9, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

My Best Enemy bleeds suspense like a pin-pricked tire. It wants to be clever, but survivor tales bring with them too much muck.

Full Review… | January 9, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 9, 2013
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for My Best Enemy


Watched this film recently with my mother. The production was excellent, costumes, makeup, sets, ect. all were very well done. The story is very engaging and by the end you really are engrossed with the fate of all of the main characters, but for me, most especially, I was concerned for the fate of Victor Kaufmann (Bleibtreu). This film is meant to be a tragi-comedy, and it does well on both fronts. The first part of the film is quite depressing, but then again, we are dealing with the subject of WWII, and this story is set around the fate of a prosperous Jewish family living in Vienna, so of course, some horrible things will happen. But there are some huge laughes in here as well, espcially when dealing with the Nazis, who are almost portrayed in a cartoon-like manner. Some people have expressed concerns over this, but to my mind, this is perhaps the best way to show Nazis. As silly, thuggish buffoons. However, I have heard from others that some of the comedy doesn't translate well into English and I have to admit that on the first viewing (as an English speaking person) I found this to be true. Some moments of the film I could tell were supposed to be funny but the humour escaped me. But this can be said for any film from a land that isn't native to you, and this should in no way deter someone from watching this film. I highly recommend it.

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