The Invisibles

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Its blend of documentary and drama is admittedly occasionally uneven, but The Invisibles offers an absorbing glimpse into a less-explored corner of WWII history.



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While Goebbels infamously declared Berlin "free of Jews" in 1943, 1,700 managed to survive in the Nazi capital. Claus Räfle's gripping docudrama traces the stories of four real-life survivors who learned to hide in plain sight. Moving between cinemas, cafés and safe houses, they dodged Nazi officials and a dense network of spies and informants. Yet their prudence was at odds with their youthful recklessness, prompting them to join the resistance, forge passports, or pose as Aryan war widows. Masterfully weaving these story threads together, The Invisibles is a testament to the resourcefulness, willpower and sheer chance needed to survive against incredible odds.

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Maximilian Mauff
as Cioma Schönhaus
Alice Dwyer
as Hanni Lévy
Ruby O. Fee
as Ruth Arndt
Aaron Altaras
as Eugen Friede
Victoria Schulz
as Ellen Lewinsky
Florian Lukas
as Werner Scharff
Andreas Schmidt
as Hans Winkler
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  • It always feels a little awkward and a little jumpy, but the stories themselves are fascinating.

    Sep 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The Invisibles, about humans as living ghosts, needs to be seen, and believed.

    Apr 4, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "The Invisibles" favors quantity of remembrance over quality of any one experience. It's worth attending to, obviously, even if the movie somehow manages to do less with more.

    Feb 20, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • Following four survivors, "The Invisibles" is part documentary and part feature film. For most of the movie, it's a good thing.

    Jan 31, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Amazingly, the actors are so engaging and believable, and the facts are so riveting, that the movie, despite its flaws, held me spellbound.

    Jan 28, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    Top Critic
  • Documentaries with dramatized re-creations are an elusive genre. Can the re-created passages do justice to the factual or historical material? The answer is yes in the case of The Invisibles.

    Jan 25, 2019 | Full Review…

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