AWFJ Movie of the Week, April 21-27: THE GERMAN DOCTOR

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german doctor poster art160Opening April 25, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is The German Doctor, Argentinean filmmaker Lucia Puenzo’s cinematic adaptation of her best-selling eponymous novel. This is the horrifying story of Dr. Joseph Mengele, the Nazi “Angel of Death,” who fled retribution in post-WWII Europe and hid out in Argentina, eluding Israeli agents determined to bring him to justice. Mengele takes up residence in remote Patagonia with a family who are unaware of his heinous past and risk falling prey to his habitual evil. The film is a truth-based horror tale of tremendous magnitude. Brilliant performed and beautifully shot, The German Doctor is a monumental clash between evil and innocence. Read on…

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panelists Comments:

Leba Hertz: What would you do if Josef Mengele imposed his life on you? This Argentine film based on a true story shows how this butcher operated. And once again we get an unfathomable look into evil.

Jennifer Merin: This truth-based, tension-packed, beautifully realized drama is a chilling reminder of why war criminals — those accused of crimes against humanity — must be brought to justice before they can find new victims.

Cate Marquis: I’ve been hearing interesting things about The German Doctor since last year and I am glad we’re all getting to see it now. Such a compelling subject!

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panel Members: Nikki Baughan, Anne Brodie, Pam Grady, Leba Hertz, MaryAnn Johanson, Loren King, Cate Marquis, Jennifer Merin, Nell Minow, Rebecca Murray, Kristy Puchko, Carrie Rickey, Sheila Roberts, Jeanne Wolf, Sara Vizcarrando.

Other Movies Opening the Week of April 21-25, 2014:

April 24
– Brick Mansions (p.m. screenings)
– The Other Woman (p.m. screenings)
– The Quiet Ones (p.m. screenings)

April 25
– Bicycling with Moliere (NY)
– Blue Ruin (limited)
– For No Good Reason (limited)
– The German Doctor (limited)
– The Girl and Death (NY, LA release: May 23)
– Last Passenger (limited)
– Locke (limited)
– The Machine (limited)
– Next Goal Wins (limited)
– Walking with the Enemy (limited)
– Young and Beautiful (limited)

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