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Phoenix

Thomas H, Manhattan, Jul 9th 2019

German director Christian Petzold’s film Phoenix, just released on the Criterion Collection, is one of the best and most powerful films I’ve seen of the past few years. Berlin,1945: Singer Nelly Lenz returns to Berlin terribly disfigured having survived the concentration camps. After her recovery from extensive plastic surgery, refusing to believe that her estranged husband Johnny could have betrayed her to the Nazis, she resolves to find him in the hope he will still recognise her even though others no longer are able to.

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