The German Lesson

2019 [GERMAN]


IMDb Rating 6.9 10 586

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Uploaded By: FREEMAN
November 09, 2020 at 02:43 PM


Sonja Richter as Gudrun Jepsen
Johanna Wokalek as Ditte Nansen
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1.12 GB
German 2.0
23.976 fps
2 hr 5 min
P/S 0 / 19
2.31 GB
German 5.1
23.976 fps
2 hr 5 min
P/S 6 / 11

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by denis-23791 8 / 10

Moving story in beautiful pictures

Wonderful story of family ties that get untied due to an overachieving Nazi father who values duty more than his own blood. Very well played by all main cast and beautifully shot. On a side note we see how (too) many Nazis remained in power after the War. The protagonist is torn between his love for art and the pain his father causes, so the spectator feels for him as he seems to lose his mind.

Reviewed by highnemonkey 8 / 10

A study on duty and responsibilities

Its probably no secret that the individuals 'duty' is one of the main themes in this movie. And it gracefully manages to keep a consistent theme throughout the story without watering it down.

The main character is burdened with duties from all sides: He shall report traitors, while at the same becoming one by whistle-blowing on the artist. The artists begs him to keep quiet, which in turn means to dishonor his father and break an obligation of biblical proportions. His sister puts the responsibility of staying in an abusive family on him, while his brother forces him to keep quiet about his hiding place - by threat of breaking his skull. Wherever the child goes, he is presented with things he must not do, there are rare occasions of uncoditional love, mostly his interactions with humans are: '...but you must not...!'. He experiences life not in freedom but within the boundaries of duties. No wonder his knowledge of obligations fills hundreds of pages.

So, in all these situations, with opposing forces of obligations, which one would be the right thing to do? Speak or keep quiet? Reveal or hide? A or B?

In retrospect, these questions are easy to answer. But this movie puts us in the head of a child without an omniscient perspective, just at the beginning of orienting his moral compass, with magnetic forces pulling on either side.

Its a tragedy, really.

Reviewed by Two_Journeys 10 / 10

Multifaceted movie

I didn't read the original novel, so the story was completely new to me. It is a wartime movie, with a village policeman (initially) forced to prohibit his friend from painting; common practice in Nazi Germany. But the story has many levels: it addresses the conflict of a father/son relationship (with the painter competing for that role) the battle between good and evil (how can any painting be bad for society?), how do we deal with populism in our own age, how can it be that hardened war criminals simply return and continue as before...? The backdrop of the German coast, with constant rain torturing the characters, complements a very intriguing story that forces the viewer to continue to watch.

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