Tjff 2012: ‘My Best Enemy’; Tarantino’s inglorious bastard

My Best Enemy

Directed by Wolfgang Murnberger

Written by Wolfgang Murnberger and Paul Hengge

Austria/Luxembourg, 2010

Some have wondered if a movie will ever be able to provide a catharsis for the Holocaust. While there are films (Schindler’s List, Sophie’s Choice, The Pianist) that cast a macabre and cautionary depiction of the Shoah, the only other alternative seems to be wildly offensive abominations masked as comedies or satire (Isla, She Wolf of the SS). While the debate continues to rage, Wolfgang Murnberger’s My Best Enemy can be used as an argument for both sides.

The film stars Moritz Bleibtreu (The Baader Meinhof Complex) as Victor Kaufman, a German Jew whose family owns an art gallery in Vienna. Among the collection is a rare and authentic Michelangelo painting.

When Hitler begins annexing Austria, his childhood friend Rudi (Georg Friedrich), who is Aryan, joins the Nazi Party, and when
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