Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Germany, 1999. Senator Film Produktion, Max Farberbock Film, Bundesministerium des Inneren, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Filmboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Filmförderung Hamburg, Filmförderungsanstalt, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen. Screenplay by Max Farberbock, Rona Munro. Cinematography by Tony Imi. Produced by Hanno Huth, Günter Rohrbach. Music by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek. Production Design by Albrecht Konrad. Costume Design by Barbara Baum. Film Editing by Barbara Hennings.
Excellent true-life drama about a bored, bourgeois housewife who falls in love with a dangerously adventurous Jewish spy in Nazi-occupied Berlin. Nicknaming themselves Aimee (the housewife) and Jaguar (the spy), the two women find themselves faced with many challenges, none of which are hard to figure out. Considering that Jaguar has the nerves to work for a Nazi newspaper while secretly going to lengths to procure exit visas for all those in need of them, the obstacles she encounters are mammoth. The cinematography is breathtaking, one of the most convincing recreation of period that I’ve ever seen on film.
Berlin Film Festival Award: Best Actress (Maria Schrader, Juliane Kohler)
Golden Globe Award Nomination: Best Foreign Language Film