You can’t keep a good Nazi down. It’s 1960, and Dr. Josef Mengele is alive and well and living in a scenic Argentine bed-and-breakfast run by a family whose individual shortcomings and/or physical frailties transform the retired war criminal into a walking Make-A-Wish Foundation. Without Doc’s help, dad’s dream of perfecting a master race of dolls would never have left the planning stages. (Shots of dismembered figurines in a broiling doll factory = Hitler’s inferno.) Poor Joe risks his life to save mom and her newborn twins. And little Lilith would still be called “dwarf” by her classmates were it not for the concentration camp sawbones’ injections of experimental growth hormones. Àlex Brendemühl plays the titular killing machine with remarkable restraint and — considering how nitwitted all that surrounds him is — a straight face. Adapted by writer-director Lucía Puenzo from his novel. (2013) — Scott Marks
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