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      Germany Year Zero

      1948 1h 13m Drama War List
      96% Tomatometer 24 Reviews 86% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings In the devastated remains of post-war Germany, 12-year-old Edmund (Edmund Moeschke) lives with his family and five other families in a battered apartment. His brother, a former Nazi, evades the police hiding there, while his sister walks the streets. As his father (Ernst Pittschau) remains too ill to help them, it falls to Edmund to provide for the family by dealing with the black market. Growing desperate, Edmund allows a former schoolteacher to offer his help and some unusual advice. Read More Read Less Watch on Max Stream Now

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      An early masterpiece from director Roberto Rossellini, Germany Year Zero plunges viewers into real-life horror.

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      David Denby New Yorker The colossal rubble of Berlin is not just an analogue to the collapse of the social order but an amazing sight, and the movie makes you feel the weight of every smashed faade and fallen stone. May 20, 2014 Full Review Kim Newman Empire Magazine Short and very downbeat, this hits the irony buttons rather too much but is still an uncomfortable, powerful film. Rated: 3/5 May 20, 2014 Full Review Variety Staff Variety Pic isn't acted but 'lived.' Pro and non-pro cast play it with uniform sincerity. Edmund Meschke is the most impressive of the lot, delivering a poignant, believable portrayal as the young disgraced hero. Mar 26, 2009 Full Review André Bazin Esprit Rossellini is perhaps the only filmmaker in the world who knows how to get us interested in an action while leaving it in its objective con- text. Our emotion is thus rid of all sentimentality, for it has been filtered by force through our intelligence. Jun 13, 2023 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Utterly pessimistic in every regard. Rated: 3/4 Nov 3, 2021 Full Review Luis Fernando Galván En Filme The images of the city are extraordinary. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 5/5 Nov 23, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Lanfranco C From the well described "horror" of year zero, Germany went back in track in less than ten years. Incredible. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/17/24 Full Review Aaron H I want my innocence back after watching this movie. This was gut wrenching to watch. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 07/08/23 Full Review Christopher B While many argue that "Germany Year Zero" is just misery stacked upon misery with nothing else, sometimes that's life and is reality for people. This is the third and final film in Rossellini's War Trilogy and is by far the shortest and to the point, running at 73 minutes while the others are closer to 120 minutes. In no way does the run time hinder the message of the film, rather it makes the message clear and hard. The film's protagonist is a twelve year old boy named Edmund Koehler who along with his brother and sister must care for their weak and dying father. Edmund's older brother was in the German army and thus is in hiding due to the allied forces being in power at the end of WWII. This means that there are four people trying to surviving on three rations, leading them all to struggle day to day. Edmund helps in any way he can, often making mistakes and being taken advantage of in many ways but It's clear his intentions are heroic and noble. After helping an old teacher sell items and make a little money, Edmund begins to get brain washed by the teacher who constantly speaks of being brave and letting the weak die and the strong live. It's due to this that Edmund proceeds down a rough and ultimately fatal downwards spiral. The film itself is a lonely and dark coming of age film in wore torn Germany and is almost a horror film for the neo-realist genre. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/22/22 Full Review Isaiah Y One of Roberto Rossellini's greatest films Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/25/21 Full Review s r Simple, but tragic. Showing the hardships in Germany post WW2. Saw on HBO. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review william k Filmed among the ruins of post WWII Berlin and with a remarkable cast of German actors this film presents a realistic, albeit devastatingly bleak and tragic view of life after the catastrophe of war. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In the devastated remains of post-war Germany, 12-year-old Edmund (Edmund Moeschke) lives with his family and five other families in a battered apartment. His brother, a former Nazi, evades the police hiding there, while his sister walks the streets. As his father (Ernst Pittschau) remains too ill to help them, it falls to Edmund to provide for the family by dealing with the black market. Growing desperate, Edmund allows a former schoolteacher to offer his help and some unusual advice.
      Director
      Roberto Rossellini
      Genre
      Drama, War
      Original Language
      German
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 15, 2020
      Runtime
      1h 13m
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