Berlin Syndrome

Berlin Syndrome

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Berlin Syndrome

Teresa Palmer plays an Aussie in Berlin whose holiday fling gets creepy when she finds herself locked in her lover's apartment. From director Cate Shortland (Lore).

While holidaying in Berlin, Australian photojournalist Clare (Palmer) meets charismatic local man Andi (Max Riemelt). There is an instant attraction between them, and a night of passion ensues. But what initially appears to be the start of a romance suddenly takes an unexpected and sinister turn when Clare wakes the following morning to discover Andi has left for work and locked her in his apartment. An easy mistake to make, of course, except Andi has no intention of letting her go again.

2017Rating: MA15+, Strong themes, violence and sex scenes116 minsAustralia, German and English with English subtitles
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A taut psycho-sexual thriller about captivity and madness

The primal terror of captivity appears in everything from fairy tales to horror films, and female captives are particularly popular tropes for vulnerability to sexual abuse. Most captivity stories are framed into a binary where the captor is an evil ogre and the captive an object of sympathy. One of the many reasons the Australian made Berline Syndrome...

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Variety

Variety

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Between more trickily opaque stretches of character development, Shortland nails a handful of straight-up, nerve-shredding tension sequences, teasing a version of the film that might have tilted into full-bore horror.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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Shortland takes a horror movie premise and imbues it with the knotty emotional complexity of a dysfunctional relationship psychodrama.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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Palmer and Shortland keep audiences on the edge of their seat for a bit too long (there's a tighter version within this nearly two-hour one) but this is still a confident, interesting thriller.

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News.com.au

News.com.au

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It’s as if, in her desire not to be too florid or declamatory, Shortland has held a little too much back. This leaves the audience puzzling over some tantalising loose threads.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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This is a case of expert filmmaking craft applied to a familiar story that becomes unrelentingly grim and drawn-out after its masterful setup.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

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A remarkably tense and extremely confronting Australian film.

0
Variety

Variety

press

Between more trickily opaque stretches of character development, Shortland nails a handful of straight-up, nerve-shredding tension sequences, teasing a version of the film that might have tilted into full-bore horror.

0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Shortland takes a horror movie premise and imbues it with the knotty emotional complexity of a dysfunctional relationship psychodrama.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Palmer and Shortland keep audiences on the edge of their seat for a bit too long (there's a tighter version within this nearly two-hour one) but this is still a confident, interesting thriller.

0
News.com.au

News.com.au

press

It’s as if, in her desire not to be too florid or declamatory, Shortland has held a little too much back. This leaves the audience puzzling over some tantalising loose threads.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

This is a case of expert filmmaking craft applied to a familiar story that becomes unrelentingly grim and drawn-out after its masterful setup.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

A remarkably tense and extremely confronting Australian film.

0

A taut psycho-sexual thriller about captivity and madness

The primal terror of captivity appears in everything from fairy tales to horror films, and female captives are particularly popular tropes for vulnerability to sexual abuse. Most captivity stories are framed into a binary where the captor is an evil ogre and the captive an object of sympathy. One of the many reasons the Australian made Berline Syndrome...

4.0
0