Aimée & Jaguar (1999)

Aimée & Jaguar (1999)

Passion and resistance collide in this gripping tale of forbidden love set against the backdrop of World War II Berlin

The Very Best

8.2

Movie

Germany
German
Drama, History, Romance
1999
MAX FÄRBERBÖCK
Barbara Focke, Dani Levy, Désirée Nick
125 min

What it's about

In 1943, while the Allies are bombing Berlin and the Gestapo is purging the capital of Jews, a dangerous love affair blossoms between two women – one a Jewish member of the underground, the other an exemplar of Nazi motherhood.

The take

Set in war-torn Berlin during World War II, this film explores the forbidden romance between a married mother of four and a Jewish woman working undercover for the resistance based on the real lives of Lilly Wust and Felice Schragenheim, as detailed in Erica Fischer's book of the same name. As expected, all of the frightening challenges of Jewish people, women, and queer folks are presented bluntly. But there are enough touching and humane moments of empathy that contrast the harsh realities of war. The performances by Maria Schrader and Juliane Köhler are simply remarkable, bringing depth and authenticity to their characters' intense connection and creating a poignant viewing experience. 

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