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In Germany, right after the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, Holocaust survivor Nelly Lenz goes through a facial reconstruction surgery after sustaining a bullet wound in the concentration camp. After the surgery she looks for her husband Johnny, a Gentile, whom she has not seen since the day she was arrested. She finds him, but he does not recognize her. However Johnny thinks that [[{{Irony}} she resembles his "late" wife]] and suggests that she pass for her so he can collect her inheritance. Nelly, still in love with Johnny, goes along with this charade... up to a certain point.

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In Germany, right after the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, Holocaust survivor Nelly Lenz (Nina Hoss) goes through a facial reconstruction surgery after sustaining a bullet wound in the concentration camp. After the surgery she looks for her husband Johnny, a Gentile, whom she has not seen since the day she was arrested. She finds him, but he does not recognize her. However Johnny thinks that [[{{Irony}} she resembles his "late" wife]] and suggests that she pass for her so he can collect her inheritance. Nelly, still in love with Johnny, goes along with this charade... up to a certain point.


* LadyInRed: Johnny insists that Nelly wears a lovely red dress when she simulates her coming back, despite Nelly points out the inconsistency of wearing a pretty dress when coming back from an hellhole.



* UnexpectedInheritance: Nelly is the SoleSurvivor of her family, so she has inherited quite the fortune. Johnny, believing her death, is looking for a woman who can impersonate her.

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* PlotHole: Johnny insists in dolling up Nelly for her big coming back and putting on this show for her friends. Nelly (who is the real one and has been in Auschwitz all this time) points the inconsistency of being a pretty, healthy Holocaust survivor.
* SceneryGorn: Post-war Berlin, as in RealLife, is a pile of ruins and ashes.
* UnexpectedInheritance: Nelly is the SoleSurvivor of her family, so she has inherited quite the fortune. Johnny, believing her death, is looking for a woman who can impersonate her.her and claim the inheritance for him.


* FilmNoir: The film is indebted to film noir, particularly the scenes that take place at night.



* NeoNoir: The film is indebted to film noir, particularly the scenes that take place at night.


* DrivenToSuicide: Nelly's friend Lene commits suicide late into the movie, leaving her a message that [[spoiler:Johnny had divorced Nelly the day right before the Nazis arrested her. This forces Nelly to see the truth about Johnny.]]

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* DrivenToSuicide: Nelly's [[spoiler:Nelly's friend Lene commits suicide late into the movie, leaving her a message that [[spoiler:Johnny Johnny had divorced Nelly the day right before the Nazis arrested her. This forces Nelly to see the truth about Johnny.]]


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* NeoNoir: The film is indebted to film noir, particularly the scenes that take place at night.

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* UnexpectedInheritance: Nelly is the SoleSurvivor of her family, so she has inherited quite the fortune. Johnny, believing her death, is looking for a woman who can impersonate her.

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* GenocideSurvivor: The film is about two Holocaust survivors, Nelly and Lene, who return to Berlin after Nelly has undergone facial reconstruction surgery. Nelly is looking for her husband, Johnny, to find out whether he betrayed her to the Nazis. [[spoiler:Lene also commits suicide rather than going on living near the end, leaving Nelly alone.]]


In Germany, right after the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, Holocaust survivor Nelly Lenz goes through a facial reconstruction surgery after sustaining a bullet wound in the concentration camp. After the surgery she looks for her husband Johnny, a Gentule, whom she has not seen from the day she was arrested. She finds him, but he does not recognize her. However Johnny thinks that [[{{Irony}} she resembles his "late" wife]] and suggests that she pass for her so he can collect her inheritance. Nelly, still in love with Johnny, goes along with this charade... up to a certain point.

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In Germany, right after the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, Holocaust survivor Nelly Lenz goes through a facial reconstruction surgery after sustaining a bullet wound in the concentration camp. After the surgery she looks for her husband Johnny, a Gentule, Gentile, whom she has not seen from since the day she was arrested. She finds him, but he does not recognize her. However Johnny thinks that [[{{Irony}} she resembles his "late" wife]] and suggests that she pass for her so he can collect her inheritance. Nelly, still in love with Johnny, goes along with this charade... up to a certain point.



* CassandraTruth: Lene tries to warn Nelly that Johnny may be a traitor more than once, but Nelly does not believe her [[spoiler: until Lene presents her the papers that prove his betrayal.]]

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* CassandraTruth: Lene tries to warn Nelly that Johnny may be a traitor more than once, but Nelly does not believe her [[spoiler: until [[spoiler:until Lene presents her the papers that prove his betrayal.]]



* DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest: Johnny finds a woman that resembles his wife and propose her a deal where she she should pose as his "late" wife and developing some attraction to her. Unknown to him, in fact it's wife.

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* DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest: Johnny finds a woman that resembles his wife and propose proposes her a deal where she she should to pose as his "late" wife and developing wife. He develops some attraction to her. Unknown Unbeknownst to him, she is in fact it's his wife.



* EtTuBrute: [[spoiler: Nelly eventually finds written evidence that her husband betrayed her to the Gestapo.]]

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* EtTuBrute: [[spoiler: Nelly [[spoiler:Nelly eventually finds written evidence that her husband betrayed her to the Gestapo.]]



* LoveInterestTraitor; [[spoiler: Johnny himself sold Nelly to the Gestapo and divorced her the day before her capture. ]]

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* LoveInterestTraitor; [[spoiler: Johnny LoveInterestTraitor: [[spoiler:Johnny himself sold Nelly to the Gestapo and divorced her the day before her capture. ]]



* LovingAShadow: Nelly insist on her idea of reuniting with a man despite the evidence that he has clearly abandoned her. It's more a case of wanting to go back to the life she has before the horrors of war.
* OhCrap: [[spoiler: Johnny freezes with terror as he hears Nelly's singing voice and realizes he has accidentally employed his wife on a scam that proves his betrayal of her.]]
* WhamShot: [[spoiler: Johnny notices at the end the infamous tattooed number on Nelly's arm, proving that "Esther" was his wife all along.]]

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* LovingAShadow: Nelly insist insists on her idea of reuniting with a man despite the evidence that he has clearly abandoned her. It's more a case of wanting to go back to the life she has had before the horrors of war.
* OhCrap: [[spoiler: Johnny [[spoiler:Johnny freezes with terror as he hears Nelly's singing voice and realizes he has accidentally employed his wife on a scam that proves his betrayal of her.]]
* WhamShot: [[spoiler: Johnny [[spoiler:Johnny notices at the end the infamous tattooed number on Nelly's arm, proving that "Esther" was his wife all along.]]


* DoppelgängerReplacementLoveInterest: Johnny finds a woman that resembles his wife and propose her a deal where she she should pose as his "late" wife and developing some attraction to her. Unknown to him, in fact it's wife.

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* DoppelgängerReplacementLoveInterest: DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest: Johnny finds a woman that resembles his wife and propose her a deal where she she should pose as his "late" wife and developing some attraction to her. Unknown to him, in fact it's wife.


* CassandrasTruth: Lene tries to warn Nelly that Johnny may be a traitor more than once, but Nelly does not believe her [[spoiler: until Lene presents her the papers that prove his betrayal.]]

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* CassandrasTruth: CassandraTruth: Lene tries to warn Nelly that Johnny may be a traitor more than once, but Nelly does not believe her [[spoiler: until Lene presents her the papers that prove his betrayal.]]


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In Germany, right after the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, Holocaust survivor Nelly Lenz searches for her husband Johnny. She finds him, but he does not recognize her on account of her going through facial reconstruction surgery after sustaining a bullet wound. However Johnny thinks that she resembles his "late" wife and suggests that she pass for her so he can collect her inheritance. Nelly, still in love with Johnny, goes along with this charade... up to a certain point.

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In Germany, right after the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, Holocaust survivor Nelly Lenz searches for her husband Johnny. She finds him, but he does not recognize her on account of her going goes through a facial reconstruction surgery after sustaining a bullet wound. wound in the concentration camp. After the surgery she looks for her husband Johnny, a Gentule, whom she has not seen from the day she was arrested. She finds him, but he does not recognize her. However Johnny thinks that [[{{Irony}} she resembles his "late" wife wife]] and suggests that she pass for her so he can collect her inheritance. Nelly, still in love with Johnny, goes along with this charade... up to a certain point.point.



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!!Tropes:!!Tropes displayed in this film:

* ButchLesbian: Nelly's friend Lene, who wears masculine clothes and has obvious feelings towards Nelly.
* CassandrasTruth: Lene tries to warn Nelly that Johnny may be a traitor more than once, but Nelly does not believe her [[spoiler: until Lene presents her the papers that prove his betrayal.]]
* DeadPersonImpersonation: The whole premise is a woman being approached by her former husband for a scam where she should pose as the wife to claim her inheritance. The twist is that, unknown to the con man, the "impostor" is the real person.
* DoppelgängerReplacementLoveInterest: Johnny finds a woman that resembles his wife and propose her a deal where she she should pose as his "late" wife and developing some attraction to her. Unknown to him, in fact it's wife.



* EtTuBrute: [[spoiler: Nelly eventually finds written evidence that her husband betrayed her to the Gestapo.]]



* InternalReveal: The audience knows from the start that Nelly is, well, Nelly. Johnny thinks she's a random woman who happens to look like his wife and does not learn the truth until the very end.

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* InternalReveal: The audience knows from the start that Nelly is, well, Nelly. Johnny thinks she's a random woman who happens to look like his wife and does not learn the truth until the very end.end.
* LoveInterestTraitor; [[spoiler: Johnny himself sold Nelly to the Gestapo and divorced her the day before her capture. ]]
* LoveMartyr: Nelly towards Johnny. She goes through the charade hoping he will recognise her, but he cares only for the money.
* LovingAShadow: Nelly insist on her idea of reuniting with a man despite the evidence that he has clearly abandoned her. It's more a case of wanting to go back to the life she has before the horrors of war.
* OhCrap: [[spoiler: Johnny freezes with terror as he hears Nelly's singing voice and realizes he has accidentally employed his wife on a scam that proves his betrayal of her.]]
* WhamShot: [[spoiler: Johnny notices at the end the infamous tattooed number on Nelly's arm, proving that "Esther" was his wife all along.]]

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''Phoenix'' is a 2014 German drama film directed by Christian Petzold.

In Germany, right after the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, Holocaust survivor Nelly Lenz searches for her husband Johnny. She finds him, but he does not recognize her on account of her going through facial reconstruction surgery after sustaining a bullet wound. However Johnny thinks that she resembles his "late" wife and suggests that she pass for her so he can collect her inheritance. Nelly, still in love with Johnny, goes along with this charade... up to a certain point.
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!!Tropes:
* DrivenToSuicide: Nelly's friend Lene commits suicide late into the movie, leaving her a message that [[spoiler:Johnny had divorced Nelly the day right before the Nazis arrested her. This forces Nelly to see the truth about Johnny.]]
* FacialHorror: Nelly took a bullet that destroyed her face, necessitating that she undergo facial reconstruction at the start of the movie. Despite her request that she look exactly like before, the surgeon can't do so and she ends up looking a little off, leading to Johnny's misconception.
* GenuineImposter: Johnny thinks Nelly is someone else who happens to resemble his wife, who he believes died in the concentration camps. He has Nelly, who calls herself Esther to go along with the illusion, effectively pass for herself in order to get her inheritance.
* InternalReveal: The audience knows from the start that Nelly is, well, Nelly. Johnny thinks she's a random woman who happens to look like his wife and does not learn the truth until the very end.

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