I just thought this film was extraordinarily fascinating, original, lovely, and heartbreaking in so many different ways. Given that it is a love story between two women set in WWII era Germany (one Jewish, the other married to a Nazi soldier), I expected something aggressively bleak and devastating, and while it’s not without its sad and emotional moments, the film is also surprisingly full of life. There’s a lot of joy and fun here as they fall in love and spend time with friends. And that’s what made this film so special in my eyes: it’s willingness to show all of the light and love they experienced, as well as the tragedy.
Also the line “Your husband is a Nazi and your lover is a Jew and a woman. This is a catastrophe” is iconic.