Phoenix

Mutilated by the Nazis, a Jewish concentration camp survivor (Nina Hoss) undergoes reconstructive surgery that renders her unrecognizable; when she tracks down her beloved gentile husband (Ronald Zehrfeld), who secretly divorced her and now thinks her dead, he takes her for a stranger and recruits her to impersonate his late wife so he can pocket her inheritance. The plot of this German drama (2014) is so implausible—like something from an old Bette Davis movie—that one expects a giant thematic payoff in exchange for playing along. Writer-director Christian Petzold (Jerichow, Barbara) fails to deliver, but there are some powerful, silent dramatic moments as each character approaches the ugly truth about their relationship. In German with subtitles.