Rosenstrasse

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Released 2003

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Director:
Margarethe von Trotta
Released:
2003
Rating:
PG-13
Rosenstrasse is a 2003 foreign war drama from Germany produced by Studio Hamburg Letterbox Filmproduktion,Tele M'nchen Fernseh Produktionsgesellschaft, and Get Reel Productions and distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films. Reichdeutch women find that their Jewish Husbands have been locked up pending deportation. One, an aristocrat disowned by her family, Lena Fischer, finds herself among the mob as does General Gudarian's sister. But rank and privilege merit no special consideration. Fortunately the eight year old daughter Ruth escapes capture. Waiting in the cold on Rosenstrasse, Lena Fischer is at first reluctant to take in Ruth, responding in a way that we take as typically German. Even Lena Fisher's brother Colonel Arthur von Eschenbach who is aware of and opposed to the Holocaust cautions Lena against it. But Lena chooses to embrace the idea with an American rebelliousness even renaming Ruth the more Aryan sounding name Helga Lehmann. The siege ends favorably on Rosenstrasse but Lena mourns: What happened to Ruth after the war? Years later Ruth's daughter Hannah sets out in search of her mother's past and meets 90 year old Lena under the guise of writing a personal history of the war.moreless

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Most important is the film's consistent unexpectedness. Rosenstrasse captures well not only the varying states of mind and levels of awareness in Germany during World War II but al...

  • 70

    Variety David Stratton

    A sober, unsensationalized enactment of a Holocaust incident. Von Trotta keeps sentimentality at bay and, as a result, the film isn't as emotionally wrenching as it might have been.

  • 30

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    There's something unsettling when fiction exploits this history to such puny, self-interested ends.

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