"Christian Petzold took a bold step into history with 2012’s Barbara, exiling Nina Hoss’s heroine into the diaphanous threats and suspicions of a provincial, 1980s East Germany. With Phoenix, his follow-up, Petzold takes this movement into history even further, striking starkly, deeply at questions of identity in a post-war Germany quivering silently with destitution, rage, and willful blindness.”
Daniel Kasman & Fernando F. Croce’s TIFF correspondences series closes with a take on TIFF’s best premiere: Christian Petzold’s simmering post-war German anti-thriller Phoenix.
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