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Aimee & Jaguar In Aimee & Jaguar, the wife of a Nazi soldier falls in love with a Jewish woman working for the underground in 1943 Berlin. We ...Aimee & JaguarGay and Lesbian, RomancePT125MUnrated In Aimee & Jaguar, the wife of a Nazi soldier falls in love with a Jewish woman working for the underground in 1943 Berlin. We ...2000-08-18
B+

Aimee & Jaguar

Genre: Gay and Lesbian, Romance; Starring: Juliane Kohler, Maria Schrader; Director: Max Farberbock; Author: Max Farberbock; Runtime (in minutes): 125; MPAA Rating: Unrated

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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