Film Review Phoenix 2014
Lets start by saying Phoenix is a near perfect film. Set in post WWII Germany it tells the story of a Jewish woman who survived Auschwitz and goes in search of her former life and husband in Berlin to make sense of what happened to her.
There are Hitchcockian elements here and the pace is slow but measured. Unlike with other movies Phoenix allows itself to unfold its story gradually - and its intriguing enough that you wont be clock watching until the end. Nina Hoss is perfect in the role of Nelly. This is a powerhouse performance where so much emotion drama intensity and internal struggle comes through behind an incredible reserve. Hoss conveys everything through her eyes - possibly the best acting performances in years.
Films such as Phoenix prove that brilliant movie making doesnt require big budgets sets s. This is small intimate intriguing intense storytelling of the highest order. With the mother of all twists at the end Phoenix is proof that cinema as an art form still has much drama storytelling suspense and lessons to offer the viewer. Youll go away feeling youve just witnessed something truly important and with a message.
Watch alongside Eyes Without a Face The Skin I Live In and Vertigo. With Hitchcockian tropes themes of facial reconstruction mistaken identity mystery and betrayal all of these movies would make great companion pieces to Phoenix. #filmreview #films #film #movie #movies #moviereview #phoenix #WW2 #drama #phoenixfilm #phoenixmovie #film
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