Concentrating on the psychoanalysis of Zina, the daughter of the great political thinker Leon Trotsky, director McMullen has woven together a structurally complex, frustrating, and, in many ways, intensely beautiful film. Giordano plays the disturbed young woman, attempting a life in
1931 Berlin, convinced that the nightmares and disorientation she has been experiencing are indications of her social inadequacies. But her psychiatrist (McKellen) understands the things in Giordano's mind to be quite different: a vision of the horrors in store for a Germany preparing to accept
Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party. McKellen has Giordano relate events from her past, especial...