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  • Summary: Based on a true story the film shows a man and his family absorbed by the insanity of war with a historical take on a specific period during World War II, known due to the excessive expulsion of Sudeten Germans in the border between Germany an Czechoslovakia. (Corinth Films)


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  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. 70
    The film has its flaws in storytelling due to the unwieldy size of its narrative but strong performances and an unwavering observation of inhumanity on all sides make Habermann a provocative film.
  2. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Aug 1, 2011
    Habermann may not be a pragmatic classic of the "Army of Shadows" mold, but it falls within the upper-mid bracket of WWII movies because it doesn't attempt to understand or define the tragedy it approaches.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Holcomb
    Aug 2, 2011
    A World War II melodrama with a hook - affluent Germans as sympathetic victims - Habermann does a credible job of personalizing a period of the war largely unknown outside the Czech Republic.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Aug 4, 2011
    The depictions of cosmopolitan Germans and mostly avaricious, bestial Czechs are likely to stir strong emotions among some viewers, but over all Habermann is more potboiler than political or historical statement.
  5. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Aug 8, 2011
    More soap opera than high drama, the film is confused and confusing, and tedious to boot.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Aug 2, 2011
    Based on a true story that culminated with the expulsion of 3 million Germans from Czechoslovakia, the film leaps through years with a rapidity that negates a good deal of its sweep.