Thursday 23 October: The German Doctor

Original title: “Wakolda”
Argentina  –  Drama  –  Year: 2013  –  Running time: 93 mins

CFC Audience feedback: Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.85 / 5 from 26 votes)


  • ‘Excellent’: 8 votes
  • ‘Very good’: 9 votes
  • ‘Good’: 7 votes
  • ‘Satisfactory’: 1 vote
  • ‘Poor’: 1 vote
  • 2 comments with no grade.

Patagonia, 1960. On a long desert road, as they travel to a new life to run a hotel, an Argentinian family befriend a German doctor, ‘Gregor’. He moves in while awaiting the arrival of his wife and forms an attachment to the daughter, Lilith, whose stunted growth, due to hormone deficiencies, he is eager to treat. Gregor is not all he appears to be: they are harbouring a monstrous criminal. This is a gripping and visually impressive drama based on true and terrible events, adapted from the director’s own novel, Wakolda.

Puenzo paints an arresting picture of postwar Argentina as a strange, morally occluded place, with former Nazis hiding at the best watering holes and resorts and with Mossad agents working in the shadows.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

Director: Lucía Puenzo
The Fish Child (2009) / XXY (2007)

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Further reading

Guardian Films (Peter Bradshaw)
The Independent (Geoffrey MacNab)

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One thought on “Thursday 23 October: The German Doctor

  1. Apologies. Really wanted to see this film. But delayed trains prevented me from getting home to car in Wickford till gone 19:30. If anyone has DVD of film I’d be grateful to borrow. TX penny Wright

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