August 8, 2014
Wakolda - Film Review
Harrowing chiller based on Lucía Puenzo’s award-winning bookMore on Various Artists
7 / 10 An adaptation of her award-winning book, Lucía Puenzo’s Wakolda (also known as The German Doctor) is the fictional story of an Argentine family who encounter real-life Nazi physician Josef Mengele – wanted, as he was in 1960 when the film is set, for war crimes. He takes an interest in the family’s daughter, Lilith, a sickly looking girl with Haim-long hair and a growth defect, and gives her dodgy hormones to ‘help’ her get taller. Mengele is, to put it mildly, one sick motherfucker, but his gruesome nature is drawn out at a gradual, subtle pace and the result is more glacial thriller than shield-your-eyes horror. Throw in a freaky doll metaphor and it’s as chilling as the snowcaps on the surrounding mountains.
To read all our reviews first - days before they appear online - check out NME magazine, on sale every Wednesday
More Various Artists