Blind at Heart (Die Mittagsfrau) (LUXFILMFEST)
Barbara Albert, 137 min, 2023 - Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland
The luminous and bookish Hélène arrives in decadent Weimar-era Berlin as a young woman with aspirations of becoming a doctor. As the city’s carefree ambiance darkens and her fiancé is killed during a protest at the Reichstag, Hélène’s grief gives way to a determination to keep her lineage a secret: she is half-Jewish. When a handsome Luftwaffe officer professes his love and offers her a forged Aryan identity, she accepts his offer of marriage—yet the steps she takes for self-preservation lead her down a harrowing path.
Based on Julia Franck’s award-winning novel Die Mittagsfrau, Barbara Albert’s film adaptation is a richly textured portrait of one woman’s struggle to maintain selfhood in an increasingly hostile landscape. Hélène’s complexity is brought to life by the mesmerizing Mala Emde in this stirring drama.
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