The German Doctor (2014)


Critic Consensus: The German Doctor applies a refreshing level of restraint to its intriguing premise, and boasts solid performances from a talented cast.


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Patagonia, 1960. A German doctor (Alex Brendemühl) meets an Argentinean family and follows them on a long desert road to a small town where the family will be starting a new life. Eva (Natalia Oreiro), Enzo (Diego Peretti) and their three children welcome the doctor into their home and entrust their young daughter, Lilith (Florencia Bado), to his care, not knowing that they are harboring one of the most dangerous criminals in the world. At the same time, Israeli agents are desperately looking to bring THE GERMAN DOCTOR to justice. Based on filmmaker Lucía Puenzo's (XXY) fifth novel, the story follows Josef Mengele, the "Angel of Death," a German SS officer and a physician at the Auschwitz concentration camp, in the years he spent "hiding", along with many other Nazi's, in South America following his escape from Germany. Mengele was considered to be one of WWII's most heinous Nazi war criminals. (c) Samuel Goldwyn

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Puenzo's initial premise is more promising, though, than her sensational tone.

Aug 15, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Quietly unnerving.

Aug 14, 2014 | Full Review…

The film combines the muscular force of a Forsythian thriller with something purely eerie, static and atmospheric. Brendemühl brings a refrigerated menace to his role.

Aug 7, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This curious, surprisingly safe melodrama fictionalises the postwar life of brutal Nazi surgeon Josef Mengele.

Aug 5, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Puenzo masterfully balances the film's thriller edge with disturbing details about Mengele's obsession with genetic experimentation, as well as the community of German expatriates in Argentina helping old Nazis elude arrest.

May 22, 2014 | Rating: 3/4

Puenzo has a knack for plumbing the heads and hearts of teenage girls. The director coaxes a mesmerizing, unmannered performance out of Bado, who is making her feature-film debut.

May 22, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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