A remake of the highly-regarded 1958 film Das Maedchen Rosemarie (released as Rosemary in the U.S.), this fact-based drama follows the rise and fall of a German beauty who went from ex-convict to courtesan of some of Germany's most powerful men to the victim of an unsolved murder. The story begins in 1952 as Rosemarie sleeps her way into an early parole from a detention center. Newly freed, she is sent to a foster home where two years later, the buxom blonde runs away to Frankfurt where she starts living with Nadler, a charming small-time crook. Two years after that, Rosemarie is selling her body in a sleazy bar. One day she brings home a wealthy businessman who agrees to become her sugar daddy. As a result, Rosemarie leaves Nadler. The arrangement works out well, and she continues to entertain important clients. Her undoing comes in the form of a wealthy Frenchman who makes her an enticing, but ultimately dangerous offer. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
This is a surprisingly beautiful, sad and entrancing based-on-true events story with an actress so winning and likeable, even during her dislikeable moments that I couldn't take my eyes off her or the movie while at the same time being almost spellbound by the foreshadowing suspense of a tragedy to come.
You will not soon forget the leading actress, Nina Hoss. I'd see her in anything.
I don't know why Blockbuster gave it 1 1/2 stars. I think whoever was supposed to rate this movie didn't watch it.
Please, see it. You'll be doing yourself a favor. And art deserves to be watched and appreciated--yes, this is art, the real thing--highly entertaining art, not like a lot of talk-talk-talk French movies where nothing happens externally or internally.
Again, see this movie. You won't be disappointed.