Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Movie review: Aimee & Jaguar

Most of you have probably already seen Aimee & Jaguar– the German movie by Max Färberböck from 1999, about the lives of two women during World War II. For those of you who haven’t or perhaps haven’t even heard of this movie (how is that possible?), let me tell you a little bit what it is about.

The movie tells the story of Felice Schragenheim (played by Maria Schrader), a Jewish journalist working for a Nazi newspaper as well as an underground organization using a false name, and Lilly Wust (played by Juliane Köhler), a mother of four and married to a Nazi officer. Even though the two women are very different and live in different worlds, the women fall in love with each other and embark on a passionate love affair.

Obviously war time is not the ideal time for a romance, and the couple has to face many obstacles, including Lilly’s husband returning home from the front, and trying not getting killed by the Gestapo.

The movie starts with Felice checking out Lilly in the theatre. She even approaches her, but Felice’s friend tells her she doesn’t stand a chance. There’s no way Lilly would ever leave her husband.

Felice decides to woo Lilly by sending her passionate love letters, addressing Lilly as Aimee and signing them as Jaguar. Through the friend of Felice who works for Lilly, the two women get into contact.

It’s clear from the start there’s a great attraction between the two ladies, but whereas Felice is very clear on what she wants, the same can’t be said for Lilly. But luckily she comes around pretty quickly. And it’s hot. These two are very hot together.

However, what Felice and Lilly share goes much deeper than really great chemistry. But making a relationship work is hard enough, even when you don’t have to deal with all the things they don’t have going for them.

The fact that this movie is based on a real story (it was adapted from the book by Erica Fischer that details the actual lives of Lilly and Felice, including many of the letters the women wrote to each other) makes it even more intriguing and captivating.

Over the years I have seen many movies about World War II. Obviously these kind of movies are never a light watch, but it was really interesting and refreshing to see a war movie that focused on a love story between two women.

If you haven’t seen Aimee & Jaguar yet, be sure to check it out. Opinions differ widely about it, but I think it’s a really good movie.

This review was first published on eurOut.


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