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(out of 5)


 is riveting as a lawyer whose Czech-born father () emigrated to America before she was born. Her father’s heretofore unknown past comes slamming in her face when he is accused of war crimes as a Nazi during World War II. Now defending him in court, Lange goes on a journey of personal discovery in investigating the facts about her father’s life.  Should she remain blissfully ignorant of the possibility of her father being a murderer, or must she face the fact that the kind of monster she thought was a distant notion of history might really be right inside her home? The last third of the film becomes a bit too woman-in-peril, but otherwise it’s thoughtful and provocative, surprisingly written by Showgirls and Basic Instinct scribe Joe Eszterhas and directed with vigour by Costa-Gavras.


USA, 1989

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Film Festivals:  Berlin 1990


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Academy Award Nomination
Best Actress in a Leading Role (Jessica Lange as “Ann Talbot”)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama (Jessica Lange)

Berlin Film Festival Award
Golden Berlin Bear (tie)


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