Phoenix (2015)

Phoenix was released on DVD on April 26, 2016
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June, 1945. Badly injured, her face destroyed, Auschwitz survivor Nelly returns to her hometown, Berlin. She is accompanied by Lene, an employee of a Jewish agency and Nelly’s friend from the pre-war days. Having barely recovered from facial surgery, Nelly ignores Lene’s warnings and sets out to find her husband, Johnny – the love of her life who, by refusing to abandon their marriage, protected her from Nazi persecution for so long. Nelly’s family has been murdered in the Holocaust. Johnny is convinced that his wife, too, is dead. When Nelly finally tracks him down, he recognizes nothing but an unnerving resemblance and doesn’t believe it could really be her. Hoping to secure her family’s inheritance, Johnny suggests to Nelly that she take on the identity of his late wife. Nelly agrees: She becomes her own imposter. She wants to know whether Johnny loved her – and whether he betrayed her. Nelly wants her old life back.

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7.3 98% User Reviews (1)


US DVD Release Date April 26, 2016
UK DVD Release Date UK - Not announced
Australia DVD Release Date AU - Not announced

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Complete Movie Details

Run time 98 min
Theater Release Date July 24, 2015
DVD and Blu-ray Release Date April 26, 2016
Actors Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf, Michael Maertens, Imogen Kogge
Directed by Christian Petzold
Studio IFC Films
MPAA PG-13 (Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and brief suggestive material)
Genre(s) Drama
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1 Visitor Review for Phoenix

  1. Jim Herbert says:

    After seeing BARBARA and WOMEN OF BERLIN, it was preordained that I would like PHOENIX, which stars Nina Hoss. I was hardly disappointed. The film has a noirish plot, and the story plays out in a similar vein. We know who she is; her husband doesn’t, and since he sees a similarity to his assumingly deceased wife, attempts to use her to gain reparation money. Of course, there must be a denouement, and the final three minutes are, to me at least, mesmerizing. I can’t think of a singing performance that moving — and it really resolves the whole movie. His look is priceless when he realizes who she really is. It’s bittersweet, really, because now her hopes and dreams are over. And so are his. They have to confront who they really are. All that takes place in three minutes!

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