Phoenix (2014)


Phoenix_(2014_film)_POSTER“There aren’t many Esther’s left.” – Johnny

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Mar 2016)

Brief Synopsis – At the end of WWII, a survivor of a concentration camp who underwent facial reconstruction surgery following a gunshot wound to the face tries to find the people responsible for her arrest.

My Take on it – I am by no means a fan of non English language movies, but somehow Keith’s review of this film got me interested in seeing this. (Tnx Keith)

Being Jewish and having a strong connection to Holocaust movies, I decided to give it a try.

I found the storyline to be quite interesting and somewhat unique.

There are moments of suspense that work really well despite being seemingly not suspenseful at all. This is achieved via emotional suspense more so than physical ones.

It is played out like a mystery and the psychological and emotional connections between the characters make it even more powerful for us to watch.

All in all, I found the way the story plays out to be riveting and I felt very invested in the investigation and charade played out here.

The one thing I felt was lacking here is that too many questions arise along the way because things are left for us to try and infer despite seeming ambiguous which leaves too much open to interpretation.

Bottom Line – Very interesting to see the psychological effects on a woman betrayed and her attempts to discover the truth about her arrest. Not the biggest fan of foreign language films but this was riveting. Too much information is inferred as opposed to stated outright which hurts the story a bit. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Some of the inspirations for the film came from Vertigo (1958), Germany Year Zero (1948), Out of the Past (1947), film noir and the works of Douglas Sirk.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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