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½ October 17, 2014
A touching story of a group of women who chose to stand by their Jewish husbands, so that most were released. Maybe, in the face of the Holocaust, this seems like a drop in the proverbial bucket, but as the film says, maybe it was just a few lives, "a small ray of light in the darkness," but when you are in deepest night, that one ray is all you have, and you hold on to the memory of it with all your might.
January 26, 2013
Based on a true story which happens in second world war. The story is very touching.

A german woman fights to get her jewish husband back. The man has been capture in the Rosenstrasse.
½ April 24, 2012
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.
½ February 12, 2012
Longish and rather intricate, It tried to be a serious Holocaust film but was in reality considerably lighter than other productions. That having been said, the cast did a fine job.
September 20, 2011
Without knowing to many details about the era, I thought Margarethe did a fine job directing Rosenstrasse. Many directors pull from their own life exp. Therefor, they have a a resource to build on and create from.

I'd like to thank Margarethe for her efforts.
August 26, 2011
A great movie about the Holocaust. I was really impress with Maria Schraders and Katja Riemmans acting. The women asking for their husbands in Rosenstrasse is a reminder of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo. Great story.
December 19, 2010
Thoughtful character development, compelling narrative, sensitive performances, a well told story of a little known aspect of the Holocaust.
October 23, 2010
An interesting side story for a holocaust movie.
Super Reviewer
½ October 14, 2010
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.
December 2, 2009
a unique story about ww2, touching and sad, still hopeful and beautifully told, wonderfully acted. costumes and settings are really good too.
Super Reviewer
October 11, 2009
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.
½ September 30, 2009
Wow, it's totally plausible yet I'd never entertained the possibility or the plight of German Aryan chicks who were married to Jewish guys in Nazi Germany. It's good somebody decided to show the world though. On a side note, I thought the brunette was prettier than the blonde.
August 6, 2009
An awesome lesson in this film! Stand up for what you believe in!!!!
April 24, 2009
Another in a series of German films about coming to terms with the Nazi past. This one by veteran director Margerethe von Trotta is based on the true story of the protests of the Rosenstrasse women to the planned deportation of their jewish husbands. It is most interesting when it deals with the contemporary reactions of those involved and their children to the traumatic events of the Nazi past.
½ April 1, 2009
An interesting true story one doesn't often hear about.
½ February 9, 2009
A bit slow, but a pretty good history lesson.
January 23, 2009
A bit much. Viewable, though.
December 18, 2008
Nice and moving... totally reccomendable...
October 31, 2008
Not just a presumably quite accurate depiction of the Rosenstrasse episode - one of the few successful cases of German resistance to Nazism - but a dramatically compelling treatment of how successive generations have dealt with it. Excellent cast.
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