” MY GERMAN FRIEND ” and “WHERE I BELONG” on DVD

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Disclaimer; I received these movies for free in exchange for my review , I have not been compensated in any way.

 

My German Friend

A German-Jewish girl and the son of an exiled Nazi colonel form an enduring bond in Argentina in MY GERMAN FRIEND, an epic love story that distills 30 years of personal and political postwar history. Check My German Friend’s Trailer, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXMTKtShSNs&feature=youtu.be

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The film opens in 1950s Buenos Aires where Jews and Nazis, having fled Europe, are thrown together in a foreign land. As the children of affluent German emigrants, Sulamit Löwenstein (Celeste Cid) and Friedrich Burg (Max Riemelt) first meet as next door neighbors and become instant friends. Only later does Friedrich learn that his father was a high-ranking SS officer. Determined to break with his family, he moves to Germany to immerse himself in radical student politics. Sulamit follows and a romance briefly blossoms, but Friedrich’s commitment to political activism leaves no room for love. When he returns to Argentina to join an anti-government guerilla movement and disappears without a trace, Sulamit embarks on a search to find him, and heal her heart and the wounds of the past.

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Partly based on people and events from her own life, German-Argentinian writer-director Jeanine Meerapfel delivers an intimate examination of a guilt-ridden generation seeking to escape the mistakes and legacy of their forbearers. Set against the magnificent backdrop of Patagonia, a talented cast, imaginative cinematography and a penetrating look at forces of the past come together for an unconventional love story you’ll not soon forget.
PROGRAM INFORMATION
Type: DVD/Digital (iTunes, Amazon)
Running Time: 100 minutes
Genre: World Cinema/Drama
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: Dolby Digital
Language: Spanish & German with English Subtitles
As Hitler consolidated power, the politics of the Third Reich drove thousands into exile. After being forced to leave Austria, Rosemarie Kohschitz (Natalie Press) and her ailing father Friedrich (Matthias Habich) settled in England; unfortunately, when the war ended, the world they knew had changed forever, so the ‘50s finds the pair living together in a shabby English house, with the hard-working Rosemarie struggling to make ends meet by working in a garment shop and taking typing & dictation classes in the evening in hopes of landing a better job. When she gets home though, she becomes her father’s little Austrian daughter– she is all aging and embittered émigré has left. Check “Where I Belong” Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BRTT7V4Ppk
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While Friedrich tries in vain to reclaim the estate that was taken from them in the war, Rosemarie’s life is split between evenings in the dance hall with her friends and the grueling routine of her work and the life with her father. Change comes for them both, however, when Anton, a charming but married man in his 40’s — and Friedrich’s old charge from the days in an internment camp — arrives and triggers love, loss and longing in this intense period drama nominated for “Best Actress” and “Best Costume Design” at the Austrian Film Awards.
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PROGRAM INFORMATION
Type: DVD/Digital (iTunes, Amazon)
Running Time: 90 minutes
Genre: World Cinema/Drama
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: Dolby Digital
Language: English & German with English Subtitles

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