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 Woman In Berlin, A (2008)
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A great story about the final days of the war in 1945 as the Soviet Red Army takes Berlin. German women are being raped and abused in the name of the "spoils of war for the victorious" by the soviets and do whatever it takes to survive. The book this was based on was very badly received in Germany when published as people called it scandalous in the way it dishonored German Women. The reception of the book was so controversial that the authored, who remained anonymous, decided to pull the book out and never re-publish it again in Germany until after her death. It's always funny how this works: women are dishonored by invading forces at war time, and after the peace, are dishonored by their own compatriots for having been dishonored during the war. It's Kafkaesque!

The film is tough, and graphic, but shows a very realistic slice of the war. A fantastic central performance by Nina Hoss and great art direction make the film fly.

- Laurent Hasson