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The German Doctor

Aka "Wakolda". Lucía Puenzo's drama The German Doctor centers on a family in Argentina who are making a voyage in order to open a small resort lodge. Along the way they meet up with the title character, who appears to be a charming and helpful man. However, he hides a disturbing secret, and grows uncomfortably fixated on the family's diminutive 12-year-old daughter. Josef Mengele, the psycho-butcher-pervert doctor of the Third Reich, escaped Germany and justice altogether by fleeing to South America at the end of World War II. Puenzo, who adapted her own novel, dramatizes a semi-fictional incident during Mengele's stay in Argentina in the late 1940s, and the result is a smart and unsettling atmospheric thriller.

Year: 2013
Genre: Drama, Thrillers & Suspense, Latin America Cinema, True Stories
Country: Spain, Argentina, France, Norway
Director: Lucia Puenzo
Starring: Alex Brendemuhl, Natalia Oreiro, Diego Peretti
Duration: 90 Minutes
Rating: M - Violence
Subtitles: Yes
6.8/10
Location in store: Foreign (Latin America)

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