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Back to the Reich

Claude Lahr's perfunctory 2004 documentary chronicles the Nazi occupation of Luxembourg (1940-'44) and considers the emotional scars left on a generation of Luxembourgers who came of age during the war. This account would have trouble passing muster on the History Channel; Lahr's approach is so dutiful and pedantic that he undermines the power of his interviewees' recollections. The film raises interesting questions about the immediate aftermath of the occupation, especially regarding the role of Nazi sympathizers and collaborators, but fails to explore them. In English and Luxembourgish with subtitles. 120 min.

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