Thespian Thursday: Aimée and Jaguar

 

Several years ago, when I was still figuring myself out, I went through a phase in which I only watched films featuring F/F romances. One, in particular, stuck with me, in the way that films that truly mean something do.

Aimée & Jaguar is a story of forbidden love in Nazi Germany in the early 1940s, based on the book by Erica Fischer, which is based on a true story. Lilly Wust (Juliane Kohler) is the married mother of four, whose husband is a Nazi officer (and noted philanderer). Felice Schragenheim (Maria Schrader) is a Jewish woman who is also a member of the underground resistance. Against odds, Felice and Lilly are introduced, and Felice begins to write to Lilly, signing each letter as “Jaguar.” Eventually the two begin a passionate affair, and there is a sense of urgency, and tragedy, to their love as they navigate the dangers of Nazi Germany.

Felice and Lilly’s love is beautiful, though it is tragic. This film is not a light-hearted romantic comedy, but it shows a deep and abiding relationship between two women. And because it is based on a true story, it makes it that much more poignant.

Aimee & Jaguar is available to rent on Amazon Video.

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