Aimee & Jaguar

Aimee & Jaguar
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: October 30, 2001
  • Originally Released: 2000
  • Label: Zeitgeist Films
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.77
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - German
    • Subtitles - English - Optional
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Documentary
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    • Interactive Menus
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User Ratings: 5,042
...Subtly played by the two leads, it's a persuasive piece of history...
Total Film
May 1, 2001
Startlingly poignant, Aimée and Jaguar is a story about dreams. If you have ever dreamed, don't miss it. Full Review
Urban Cinefile
Apr 10, 2010
It's a breathtakingly beautiful film, never mawkish, never less than vibrantly real and never more affecting than when it explores the nature of a love that 'dare not speak its name', not in Nazi Germany Full Review
Urban Cinefile
Apr 10, 2010
The film ... isn't up to the complexities the story raises, but it's a consistently engrossing piece of work. Full Review
Salon.com
Aug 9, 2001
Rating: 2/5 -- A história (real) é interessante, mas o roteiro e a direção são enfadonhos. Grandes atuações em um filme que não causa impacto, apenas sono.
Cinema em Cena
Jul 26, 2003
Rating: B- -- A vivid slice of life -- and love -- during the 1944 Allied bombardment of Berlin.
Dallas Morning News
Feb 14, 2002
Rating: 4/5 -- Powerful and touching. Good touching.
ColeSmithey.com
Aug 14, 2007

Product Description:

In 1943, as World War II's Battle of Berlin rages, with air raids forcing families into their cellars for shelter and bombs exploding all over the city, Felice Schragenheim (Juliane Köhler) and Lilly Wust (Maria Schrader), fall in love. Director Max Färberböck's AIMEE & JAGUAR tells the true story of this passionate, forbidden love affair, adapted from the 1998 book of the same title by Erica Fischer.

Felice, a dark and beautiful Jewish woman who is constantly in danger of being apprehended by the Gestapo, works for a Nazi newspaper under a false name, feeding what she learns to underground resistance leaders. Lilly, a flowery blond housewife living in bourgeoise comfort, raises 4 little boys, passing the time until her Nazi husband, Gunther, returns from the war. When the two meet, and Felice makes advances, Lilly responds, falling into total submission under Felice's spell. They nickname each other Aimee (Lilly) and Jaguar (Felice), spending every night dancing to popular 40s jazz music with Felice's eccentric lesbian friends, and every day raising the four boys who treat Felice like a second mother. It is not until the end of their affair, when Lilly--and soon thereafter, the authorities--learns that Felice is a Jew, and tragedy befalls the couple.

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Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: August 11, 2000 (LA/NY).
  • Based on a true story, adapted from the book by Erica Fischer entitled AIMEE & JAGUAR: A LOVE STORY, BERLIN, 1943.
  • Recreating a realist 1940s Berlin, from the piles of schrapnel filling the streets, to 40s fashions in clothing, music, and decor, AIMEE & JAGUAR also has kitsch sequences such as the war scenes using a blood-red backdrop full of toy bomber planes, or a silly pornographic photo shoot in which the Jewish girls pose in lingerie for pocket money.
  • the film's narrative, starting with an aged Lilly in her nursing home and moving into a flashback that lasts the length of the movie, brings closure to a story with no known ending.

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  • Sales Rank: 91,743
  • UPC: 795975100939
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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