Set against the evocative backdrop of post-WWII Berlin, Christian Petzold's stunning noir stars Nina Hoss as a former cabaret singer and concentration camp survivor who returns home to a complex web of duplicity and deception. Having undergone surgery after a bullet wound in her face, Nelly is unrecognizable, even to her former husband Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld) — the man she suspects betrayed her to the Nazis. Johnny is struck by Nelly's strange resemblance to his late wife, and asks her to enter into a scheme to claim a large inheritance. Nelly agrees, and PHOENIX builds toward an unforgettable, heart-stopping conclusion. DIR/SCR Christian Petzold; SCR Harun Farocki, from the novel by Hubert Monteilhet; PROD Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber. Germany/Poland, 2014, color, 98 min. In German with English subtitles. NOT RATED
AFI Member passes accepted.