The German Doctor (Wakolda)
|Print Source:||Samuel Goldwyn Films|
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Spanish and German with English subtitles. Lucía Puenzo’s atmospheric drama is deeply
engrossing as its story gradually reveals itself and its core premise: If you
met the “Angel of Death” on the road, would you recognize him? Or might you be
charmed by the friendly doctor and his seductive promises to cure your
diminutive daughter, fund your creative work and care for your unborn twins?
Set in 1960, The German Doctor imagines an Argentine family unknowingly
befriending Josef Mengele, the Nazi war criminal notorious for his horrific
medical experiments, during his period in hiding in Patagonia. Less a
conspiracy thriller than a subtle meditation on complicity, willful ignorance
and the allure of perfection—even at the risk of self-destruction—the film and
its excellent cast brilliantly capture this unsettling emotional terrain, and
Puenzo’s imagery is truly haunting. Equally as provocative as her acclaimed
2007 debut XXY (about a hermaphrodite youth), Puenzo’s latest is as
remarkable as it is thought-provoking.
author and filmmaker Lucía Puenzo, born in 1976, studied at the National Film
Institute (INCAA) in Buenos Aires. She is a scriptwriter for film and
television and has written feature films, documentary films and mini-series. In
2010, Lucía Puenzo was selected for the prestigious English literary magazine Granta’s
first-ever issue of Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists.