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The German Secret

Danish filmmaker Lars Johansson follows his wife, Kirsten Blohm, as she journeys through Europe piecing together the facts about her mother's wartime relationship with a Nazi officer—a man that Blohm suspects was her father. Born in a U.S. detention camp shortly after World War II, Blohm had a prickly relationship with her beautiful but emotionally distant mother, who refused to answer questions about the father for many years, then misled her with contradictory statements. Johansson wastes time at first by indulging Blohm's self-pity, but once the puzzle of the father's identity starts to come together, the result is an affecting account of one woman's attempt to make peace with her elusive parents. In English and subtitled Danish and German. 88 min.

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