Watch: Death in Love 2008 123movies, Full Movie Online – During World War II, a Jewish woman saves her life thanks to a love affair with a doctor in charge of human experiments in a Nazi concentration camp. The woman then marries and moves to New York, where she raises two emotionally stunted sons. The eldest son battles his sense of disconnection from life while working at a scam modeling agency, where he befriends a charming young co-worker who begins to restore in him a sense of excitement and purpose. The neurotic younger son is locked in a compulsive, co-dependent relationship with his mother..
Plot: Death in Love is a psychosexual-thriller about a love affair between a Jewish woman and a doctor overseeing human experimentation at a Nazi German concentration camp, and the impact this has on her sons’ lives in the 1990s.
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|4.6/10 Votes: 1,151|
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|N/A Votes: 17 Popularity: 4.529 | TMDB|
Intense adult drama about repercussions of violence and war
This movie tells a story held secret by most people who write about the Holocaust, which is the crippling effect of the Survivors’ war experiences on their children. Studies have shown that the children of Nazi Holocaust Survivors share many if not all of their parents’ psychological issues, particularly depression and post-traumatic stress. This film has the rare courage and honesty to show the bleak emotional damage left by that war, not only on its direct victims but on their children as well. The portrait of the mother is particularly bitterly real — her seemingly inexplicably outbursts and fits of violence a near-mirror of the unexplained violence she witnessed as a girl; her narcissism and coldness linked to her own abandonment as a girl. Again, a poignant and tragic reality of the psychological landscape of all survivors of war. The actors were superb, the dialogue actually worth LISTENING to. Haas and Lucas put in beautifully nuanced performances and Bisset was outstanding in arguably the best, most emotional performance of her career, and looking more beautiful than ever.
This is not an easy film. It is most definitely not a family film (there are explicit depictions of sex). It is a disturbing portrait of broken people struggling to find reasons to stay alive. It’s pretty great, really.
A hard thing to judge
This is one of the movies which will be loved by those wannabe intellectuals, because it appears profound, alternative and provoking. It offers a lot of opportunity e.g. for a class to discuss the problems and personal backgrounds of each character and their histories, but after all it’s just very average and way too pretentious.
About the plot: It starts off very good and interesting. Our protagonist talks about life in general, people, expectations and how to deal with that in life. His monologue pisses off his one-night-stand so badly that she gets dressed immediately and leaves.
The movie switches inbetween three timelines: Childhood: He and his neurotic brother grew up with a mentally deranged mother and a father who couldn’t keep her from snapping. That’s the first of the timelines. You’ll see the mother snap, scream and shout, destroy their kids’ room for some bogus reason. Scenes appear very depressing (and annoying).
Concentration Camp: The mother survived a German concentration camp by sleeping up with her angel of death, some German concentration camp doctor who apparently lets her live because she has her body to offer as a reward for that. In this time snipplet, you’ll most likely see them have sex, have dinner, dance or do other couply stuff that doesn’t seem very romantic, but also very depressing and pretentious. The last scene of this time period shows the mother cry over her doctor leaving, because the russians were coming. She gets a hold of herself again. But it appears that she never really got over that separation.
The here and now: Most of the movie is set in the present. The mother still snaps every once in a while and destroys inventory, her husband still doesn’t have the guts to do something about it, her first son (the main character) gets conned by his new business partner and sleeps around with a lot of women while the second one has a weird eating disorder. The mother meets her concentration camp entertainment again, just for the masochistic sex, which her son likes too, by the way. The neurotic son doesn’t seem to ever have had sex, so he stays at home and plays the piano.
All this may seem very depressing and annoying, and it is. The question I have been asking myself the entire movie, is ‘What is the writer trying to tell us?’ – And honestly, I have no idea. The movie ends very sudden, while the plot doesn’t really thicken. There are just those three stories told, and of course their history: Protagonist gets stabbed by his masochistic Asian lover, although it might have been just regular sex, judging from previous scenes. Mother meets her doc again in a hotel and has sex with him. Brother breaks most of his fingers smashing the flap for the piano keys shut with his hand inside.
There are still some weird scenes showing human body parts being cut, a human brain being BBQ’d, some more of this weird stuff without any connection to the already very weird plot. I don’t even know how to comment on these scenes, so I just chose to ignore them.
On the whole: Personally, that was a waste of my time. I was waiting for the movie to resolve some of the plot parts that seemed intriguing. That is by the way the only reason why I gave it 4/10 instead of just 1/10.
If you like dark and wannabe meaningful movies, go ahead and waste your time. If you want to be entertained, don’t watch this movie with any of your friends, that you’d like to have a fun night with later on.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 37 min (97 min)
Genre Drama, Romance, War
Director Boaz Yakin
Writer Boaz Yakin
Actors Josh Lucas, Jacqueline Bisset, Lukas Haas
Country United States
Awards 2 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format 35 mm