Review by Jim
In Phoenix, Christian Petzold’s sly homage to Hitchcock’s Vertigo, Nell, a camp survivor with a reconstructed face, returns to post-war Berlin to find and reunite with her non-jewish husband, Johnny. When he doesn’t recognize her with her new face, he enlists her in a scheme to pose as his, he believes, dead wife so that together they can claim her inheritance. And, although I won’t tell you the ending, I will tell you it’s perfect. Subtitles.