Director: Claus Räfle
2019, Germany, 108 minutes, Digital, NR
German, with English subtitles
Cast: Maximilian Mauff, Alice Dwyer, Ruby O. Fee, Aaron Altaras, Victoria Schulz, Florian Lukas
Distributor: Greenwich Entertainment
While Goebbels infamously declared Berlin “free of Jews” in 1943, 1,700 managed to survive in the Nazi capital. Claus Räfle’s gripping docudrama traces the stories of four real-life survivors who learned to hide in plain sight. Moving between cinemas, cafés and safe houses, they dodged Nazi officials and a dense network of spies and informants. Yet their prudence was at odds with their youthful recklessness, prompting them to join the resistance, forge passports, or pose as Aryan war widows. Masterfully weaving these story threads together, The Invisibles is a testament to the resourcefulness, willpower and sheer chance needed to survive against incredible odds.
“Documentaries with dramatized re-creations are an elusive genre. Can the re-created passages do justice to the factual or historical material? The answer is yes in the case of The Invisibles.” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal