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.