German star Moritz Bleibtreu is a defiant Holocaust survivor looking to strike it rich in postwar Frankfurt, in BYE BYE GERMANY, a brisk, polished drama tempered with bittersweet humor. Though haunted by his family’s murder at Auschwitz, hustler David Bermann (Bleibtreu) is determined to eke out a living in his battle-scarred homeland. He recruits Jewish traveling salesmen to a shady scheme, selling overpriced linens door-to-door to guilt-ridden Germans. Meantime, he faces interrogation by a comely American military intelligence officer about his past as an alleged Nazi collaborator, her impassivity no match for the charismatic jokester. With a jaunty klezmer-style score and Yiddish-inflected dialogue, this fresh historical perspective is an utterly engaging salute to European Jews who chose to tough out painful memories to reclaim their lives.
Bye Bye Germany
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Running Time 102 minutes | Genre Narrative | Subject Anti-Semitism, Funny Stories, German Stories, The Holocaust & WWII | Directors Sam Garbarski | Country Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg | Year 2017 | Language German, English with Subtitles