German language film, which is a little confusing, since almost all the characters we meet in contemporary times live in America, and one is Nicaraguan, but they all speak German all the time, except for the occasional english phrase...just as if they were all Germans living in Germany. OK, never mind that, I understand its for a German audience. They paper that over, its ok. Initially, film leads us to believe that hannah's mother will be a central character in the film, but she's not; that turns out to be the Duchess. whose husband is a jew, and she saves hannah's mother during the holocaust, simply by taking her home and calling her daughter. The aryan wives are like the women in white who plagued Chilean dictators demanding to know what happened to their disappeared ones. Against all odds and expectations, they suddenly, and inexplicably succeed. We don't find out why, perhaps the answer is simply unknown to history. OK. So, Hannah learns from the kind Duchess to understand her mother and her mother, we find out so suddenly that its disturbing like a jumpcut, is transformed, reconciled to her daughter and to her marriage to a non-Jew. The ending is the celebration of a new generation assimilating, against religious and tribal prejudice. The feeling I get, is it was made to make you feel a little better about being German because there were a few very admirable, steadfast German heroines who rescued their Jewish spouses. That's cool, I suppose Germans could use a little something to feel good about their heritage vis a vis the Holocaust. But there's an unreality about the Jewish characters throughout, as if we are looking at them through a glass darkly, and we think we're going to get to know the mother, but we don't get to know her at all, we get to know the Duchess and the struggles that the German characters go through either opposing, supporting, or being equivocal about Nazi racial policies. The Jewish characters, I find out, are just cut-outs. I dunno, it made me cry a little, but in the end, I felt kind cheated. It initially seems to to be about the development of the Jewish characters, but it isn't, it's really an analysis of German character and the dilemma of living as a non-Nazi, or partially Nazi Aryan in a highly Nazified society, and the Jewish characters are not examined.