This week, The Daughters of the Reich, Judi Dench’s new period thriller that tries to show us another side of the war, hits theaters.
The daughters of the Reich is a period thriller that explores the years before the outbreak of World War II and how the Nazi regime was increasingly present in the rest of Europe. A spy game, betrayal and international intelligence which is set in a somewhat peculiar academy. The Daughters of the Reich moves with the opposition of duty to the homeland and doing what each considers as the right thing to do. A spy story where you don’t know how close your enemies are until it’s too late.
Set in England in 1939, The Daughters of the Reich presents us with the true story of the Augusta Victoria Collage. In this exclusive school located on the English coast, young Germans studied until the start of the Second World War. Under Nazi ideology, the girls learned English and to represent the ideal of the German woman of the time
Tomas Miller, an English teacher who fills a vacancy at the prestigious school. Miller will try to do his job under the watchful eye of the Miss Rocholl and his assistant, Use Keller. The appearance of the lifeless body of the former school teacher will put the prestigious school and all who live in it in check.
If there is a subject that film studios are passionate about, it is war, specifically the World War I and II. There comes a time when it becomes difficult to bring something new to the table, to show something that has not been done a thousand times already, and for this the director’s vision is especially important. Andy Goddard manages to find something interesting to tell about a popular topic, out of the trenches and reaching for its roots.
The Daughters of the Reich presents a first-rate cast headed by the Oscar winner Judi Dench. Dench plays Miss Rocholl, the school principal always accompanied by her assistant Carla Juri that has its moments in the skin of Ilse Keller. For its part, Eddie Izzard he shines in the title role as Tomas Miller.
The youngest actresses they work very well in a group, especially in moments that reflect the indoctrination to which they are subjected. But individually, neither stands out in particular even if the film tries at times. In general, they serve to move and stop the plot at convenient times.
In the second part of the film the rhythm goes down. We see ourselves in turns in what seems like a constant chase that stops by the hair before becoming too tedious for the viewer. But if something leaves us this aspect, they are some beautiful scenes from the Bexhill landscapes. The summer director in the area as a child and has a close relationship with the city. So it is not surprising that he found in this film the perfect excuse to demonstrate his love for the english coast.
Another accomplished aspect of the film is the settings. The aesthetics achieved by the whole of the school, castles in ruins, the English coast and its ports gives the necessary level of sobriety that the subject of the film needs. And let’s not forget about the changing rooms. In a historical film, costume design plays an important role in keeping the realism of the time or taking us out of the movie entirely. The designer Lucinda Wright, achieves the first to complete a film with a quite satisfactory ending.
Las Hijas del Reich hits Spanish cinemas on October 16.