Lisa Schwarzbaum
August 18, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Aimee & Jaguar

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
125 minutes
performer
Juliane Kohler, Maria Schrader
director
Max Farberbock
author
Max Farberbock
genre
Gay and Lesbian, Romance

We gave it a B+

In Aimee & Jaguar, the wife of a Nazi soldier falls in love with a Jewish woman working for the underground in 1943 Berlin. We believe the intensity of their passion, not just because the ex- traordinary story is true, but because Max Farberbock’s sensual adaptation is a matter-of-fact embrace of the unconventional and dangerous during a terrible time. (Eighty-six-year-old Lilly Wust, nicknamed Aimee by her Jewish lover, still lives in Berlin.)

Although the very notion of a Nazi-Jewish lesbian relationship suggests Cabaret-like decadence, Farberbock’s engrossing debut conveys the devotion between Aimee (Juliane Kohler) and Felice Schragenheim (Maria Schrader), who called herself Jaguar. Dark-haired Schrader stares with I-dare-you eyes, playing a brave flirt; blond, dewy Kohler smiles, playing a woman astonished by new feelings. They could have been any lovers, anywhere — but, this artful snapshot taken from memory reminds us, they most certainly were not. B+

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