June, -1945. Bay injured, her face destroyed, Auschwitz survivor Nelly (Nina Hoss) turns to Berlin.. Having barely recovered IMMA facial surgery, she sets out to find her husband Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld). Nelly's family has been murdered in the Holocaust - Johnny is convinced that his wife, too, is dead. When Nelly finally tracks him down he doesn't recognise her, but seeing a resemblance Johnny asks her to take on the identity of his 'late' wife in order to access her inherited fortune. Nelly agrees: she becomes her on imposter.
Disappointingly slow and implausible.
- Phoenix review by RS
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I don't understand why this film is so highly rated by critics. It tells the story of a holocaust survivor who, after receiving plastic surgery for a face wound, returns to Berlin after the end of WW2 to find that it was her husband had secretly divorced her (was that possible?) and then betrayed her to the Nazis. The husband assumes that his wife is dead (for no obvious reason), and doesn't recognise her despite her minimally altered face, her voice, gait, and handwriting. The wife doesn't tell him her true identity (again for no obvious reason) and he plots to use her to seize his wife's inheritance. I won't spoil the ending, but I assure you that it is not worth waiting for.
The pacing is very slow and the plot rather implausible. I suggest you watch something more interesting, like paint drying.