Wednesday, June 25, 2003

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Watched an interesting film this morning on the Sundance Channel: Aimee & Jaguar, about the doomed love affair between a Jewish woman who secretly works for the underground and the wife of a Nazi soldier in the waning days of World War II. The title referrs to the pet nicknames they had for each other. Talk about being behind the eight-ball–Jewish, lesbian, spy and female in WWII Germany! Based on a true story, which you can read about by clicking on the picture above, which takes you to its official site and features a biography of the women. While there are some plot points which stretch credibility somewhat, it's still a well acted and gipping story with absolutely authentic-looking period detail (all right, I wasn't there– but I've seen lots of pictures and movies, and everything in this film looked right on the money) and an intense love scene which isn't terribly graphic but stays with you after it's over. And for once, they actually got actresses which resembled their real-life counterparts...and stayed pretty true to the real story. How often do you see that?

We've all seen film after film about WWII, the Holocaust, and so on, and it's easy to become blase to what happened and the lives that were affected, especially if you weren't there...films like this manage to serve as an effective reminder simply by shining a new light on a definitely different corner of that great tragedy.