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Working in Germany, Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa) has fashioned a strong psychological drama about a shy Polish peasant who saves a middle-class Jewish woman from the Nazis by hiding her in his cellar; what begins as a humanitarian gesture turns cruel as the peasant's inbred resentments—toward money and the female sex—get the better of him and he turns his guest into his prisoner. Well constructed and superbly performed by two Fassbinder veterans, Armin Mueller-Stahl and Elisabeth Trissenaar, this 1985 film falters slightly by insisting too much on the metaphorical significance of the material, which lessens the impact of the unfolding, immediate drama. With Margit Carstensen and Kurt Raab.

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