Rosenstrasse (2004)



Critic Consensus: Thoughtful drama marred by structural problems.

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After the death of her father, Hannah becomes concerned with the strange behavior of her mother. As her mother's troubled childhood is revealed, Hannah realizes how little she ever knew.
PG-13 (for mature thematic material, some violence and brief drug content)
Art House & International , Drama
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Katja Riemann
as Lena Fischer
Maria Schrader
as Hannah Weinstein
Doris Schade
as Lena Fischer (age 90)
Jutta Lampe
as Ruth Weinstein (age 60)
Svea Lohde
as Ruth (age 8)
Jürgen Vogel
as Arthur von Eschenbach
Martin Feifel
as Fabian Fischer
Fedja van Huêt
as Luis Marquez
Carola Regnier
as Rachel Rosenbauer
Thekla Reuten
as Klara Singer
Jutta Wachowiak
as Mrs. Goldberg
Jan Decleir
as Nathan Goldberg
Lena Stolze
as Ruth's Mother
Edwin de Vries
as Erika's Father
Carine Crutzen
as Erika's Mother
Rainer Strecker
as SS Soldier Schneider
Peter Ender
as Schupo `Franz'
Roland Silbernagl
as Jewish Orderly
Katalin Zsigmondy
as Nazi Woman
Hans Peter Hallwachs
as Eschenbach's Father
Gaby Dohm
as Eschenbach's Mother
Isolde Barth
as Fabian's Mother
Fritz Lichtenhahn
as Fabian's Father
Martin Wuttke
as Geobbels
Hans Kremer
as SS-Officer
Wolfgang Pregler
as Mr. Muller
Claudia Rieschel
as Klara's Colleague
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Critic Reviews for Rosenstrasse

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (28)

The trite framework, static staging and unemotional acting render this a most forgettable Holocaust tale.

December 3, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Succeeds as a testament to the power of love and, in particular, as a tribute to brave women.

Full Review… | October 29, 2004
Miami Herald
Top Critic

A Holocaust drama that proves it's possible to make a minor movie about a major subject.

October 22, 2004
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

The film opens a window into the fact that not all good Germans were cowed during those dark times.

Full Review… | October 14, 2004
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Some of the choices made here are more befitting a Lifetime movie of the week.

October 14, 2004
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
Top Critic

For all its flaws, Rosenstrasse is a welcome reminder that humans are capable of valor and generosity in the worst of times.

Full Review… | October 8, 2004
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Rosenstrasse


Margarethe von Trotta's cinematic account of the Rosenstrasse protests of 1943 perhaps has too many threads to be tied up simply, but history and recollection can be a bit complicated. Katya Riemann stars as Lena von Eschenbach, the daughter of an aristocratic German (Aryan) family, who falls in love with and marries a talented Jewish musician, Fabian Fischer (Martin Feifel), who because of his "mixed marriage" to an Aryan woman has not been rounded up for deportation with the other Jews of the city, and instead is given a job in a munitions factory. But in the winter of 1943, he was detained with a few hundred other men and women in a Jewish center on Rose Street (Rosenstrasse) in Berlin. His wife, Lena, finds out where he is being held, and there she joins an increasing number of other wives and relatives whose loved ones are being held. They form a vigil group and stand watch in the cold, hoping to put moral pressure on the authorities for the release of their loved ones. It is at the Rosenstrasse protests that Lena meets and adopts a little Jewish girl, Ruth, whose mother is also being held. She takes Ruth into her home, and treats her as her own daughter. The story is framed by a modern day story of Ruth, now living in New York City, mourning her recently deceased American husband, while her own daughter Hannah (Maria Schrader) goes to Berlin to find Lena Fischer, now nearly ninety, and to learn from her the story of her mother's tragic past. The film moves very slowly and has a few too many subplots to be entirely successful, but there are moments of well-earned emotion, and the film is always tasteful and thoughtful. This is not a Holocaust movie, and it's scope is too microscopic to be particularly weighty compared to films like "Schindler's List," but still history is actually the sum of millions of smaller stories like this, and one thing "Rosenstrasse" does well is to make us mindful of the moral complexities that faced the German population during the Third Reich, ordinary people who were caught up in the larger sweep of world events. Some acted nobly, some less so, and "Rosenstrasse" does the service of putting faces, and personal details, to a few of those stories.

Wayne Schenewerk
Wayne Schenewerk

I do have a thing for movies about Nazi Germany, I admit it. This one is really, really good. It also, I believe, was based on a true most of them.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Very hard to get into because you switch in time so many times, but it is well worth it. Beautifully acted and well put together. Loved it.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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