In Aimée & 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 extraordinary story is true, but because Max Färberböck’s sensual adaptation is a matter of fact embrace of the unconventional and dangerous during a terrible time. (Lilly Wust, 86, nicknamed Aimée by her Jewish lover, still lives in Berlin.)
Although the very notion of a Nazi/ Jewish lesbian relationship suggests ”Cabaret” like decadence, Färberböck’s engrossing debut conveys the devotion between Aimée (Juliane Köhler) and Felice Schragenheim (Maria Schrader), who called herself Jaguar. Dark haired Schrader stares with ”I dare you” eyes, playing a brave flirt; blond, dewy Köhler 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.