Bloom Of Yesterday

In the middle of the deepest life crisis, the Holocaust researcher Toto is assigned an assistant for the congress preparation - Zazie, of Jewish origin and with pronounced Teratophobia. When the star guest of the Congress, a famous actress, suddenly withdraws, bizarre connections emerge between Totos and Zazie's biographies. German language film with English Subtitles.
Chris Kraus
Lars EidingerAdèle HaenelHannah Herzsprung
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septimusReviewed in the United States on December 12, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
kamikaze screw-ball comedy
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Probably the funniest German language film I've seen, although it gets sad towards the end. I had low expectations due to the negative reviews, but it is actually worth watching. The film is about two people, a German and a French/Polish Jew, who work in NGOs that memorializes the Holocaust. It takes a different type of people to work in this field (they are clearly not in it for the money), and the film give us a comedic peek into them, their eccentricities, humanity, and all. Someone will surely be offended by the morbid jokes, I'm sure, but in its way the film is thoughtful and thought-provoking. (A death-camp survivor prefers to talk about her affairs and nose-job, not the suffering in the camp.) Adele Haenel really surprises me here. I used to think of her as one-dimensional, but she acquaints herself extremely well, just as she was great as a tragic muse in _In the Name of My Daughter_.
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SloaneReviewed in the United States on June 26, 2020
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A movie that tackles serious themes with humanity and humor. Another reviewer wrote that it trivializes the Holocaust; I don’t agree. One of its most important themes is the intergenerational transmission of trauma. The performances are very good, especially the two leads.
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cyrusReviewed in the United States on September 17, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
meaning well is not doing well
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These folks mean well but this film trivializes the holocaust and provides the kind of self-absorbed absurdities that provoked right-wing nastiness in the 1930s and could well do so again. The film's best part: the dog, though at one point he is thrown out of a speeding car (and these folks claim to care about kindness?).
GCReviewed in the United States on September 27, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
What even is this movie?
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This movie is bipolar, and every character in it is certifiably insane. That said, there are some tender moments that hook you in the heart right when you're ready to write it off... and then it just does something ridiculous again. I feel less sane for having watched it. Twice. Apparently I liked something about it to come back for more.
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jkgReviewed in the United States on September 16, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Erratic characters make for an interesting movie
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Does anyone know what poem Zazie recites on the airplane? Who is the author? I've tried searching for the poem "The Empress of Kalumina", but I can't find anything. Thanks!
Truth SeekerReviewed in the United States on October 1, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Quirky almost-comedy dealing with gravely serious topics
I watched this film on a Lot Polish Airlines flight from Krakow to Chicago. I had just recently visited Auschwitz and several other scenes of the Holocaust. The main protagonist in this film is Toto, a researcher and writer on the Holocaust. He harbors a lot of anger and isn't restrained about showing it. In organizing a Congress on the Holocaust, he is assigned an intern, a pretty but very unusual young lady, who also harbors a lot of anger an sadness, but for her it is because her grandmother was a victim of the Nazis murderous violence. There are a lot of surprise twists and turns in the film, and an unexpected ending. I enjoyed watching this film, and I could understand well the premise and characters, as I had just seen the places where some of the Nazis atrocities had taken place.
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Dani BossReviewed in the United States on April 13, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Laugh out loud and cry...
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Intense. Surprising. Unique. Disturbing. Laugh out loud. Funny, Devastating. All the things. Adele Haenel is superb.
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