Alone in Berlin

Alone in Berlin

Alone in Berlin

A working class German couple take to protesting the Nazis after losing their son at war. Nominated for the Golden Bear at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival.

"Anna (Emma Thompson) and Otto Quangel’s (Brendan Gleeson) son has been killed on the front line. They begin writing postcards as a form of resistance and in a bid to raise awareness: Stop the war machine! Kill Hitler! Putting their lives at risk, they distribute these cards in the entrances of tenement buildings and in stairwells. But the SS and the Gestapo are soon onto them, and even their neighbours pose a threat." (Berlin Film Festival)

2016Rating: M, Mature themes and violence103 minsUK, France, Germany
Drama

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Alone in Berlin / Reviews

Herald Sun

Herald Sun

Stoic, straight-bat scripting and direction can make the film seem more dreary than it really should be.

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The Australian

The Australian

Though it's visually handsome it tends rather towards the bland... too tasteful and muted.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Alone In Berlin, like The Book Thief, can't find the depths, darkness or daring to stand out.

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The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

A modest, hard-faced film...

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The Irish Times

The Irish Times

Hampered by stodgy pacing, budgetary constraints, and drab interiors.

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Chicago Reader

Chicago Reader

Daniel Brühl easily wrests the movie away from (Thompson and Gleeson) in his B-story scenes...

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Variety

Variety

Finally cushions its harshest emotional blows, though Brendan Gleeson's deeply sad, stoic dignity in the lead cuts through some of the padding.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

"Alone in Berlin" proceeds like a train crossing a plain. Without twists or turns, hills or valleys, its dramatic engine chugs reliably forward, delivering its cargo of World War II tragedy with bland efficiency.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

The original story remains fascinating, but it feels like it’s been planed down, and smoothed away, into something more obviously digestible.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

It's that juxtaposition - of the hellish against the ordinary - which gives the film its punch.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

A pity Perez's understated approach doesn't do their story justice.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

A well-acted but creaky and curiously bloodless portrait of life during wartime from the Swiss-born actor turned director Vincent Pérez.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Handsomely packaged, the film unfortunately is also too well-behaved and lacking in psychological depth to really set itself apart from countless other WWII dramas theatrically...

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FilmInk

FilmInk

There are just no peaks and troughs, which is remarkable given the tremendously heavy content of the film.

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