Run time: 103 mins
The ideals of Nazism and inevitable rebellion are approached with a fresh eye in Vincent Pérez’ fact-based wartime drama.
When a young German soldier is killed in the melee of 1940’s France, it is quickly established that he was the much cherished son of middle-aged German couple Otto and Anna Quangel (Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson).
Now consumed by grief and seeking justice, they form a unique and silent resistance against their country’s warring government and begin sending out anonymous anti-Nazi postcards, quickly drawing the ire of Berlin’s militant police. Led by inspector Escherich (Daniel Bruhl) a hunt begins for the invisible perpetrators.
Terrific performances from the ever-reliable Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson, as well as the timely themes of how two seemingly ordinary German citizens refused to remain model citizens by risking their lives to oppose the Nazi regime do wonders to prevent Alone in Berlin from wandering down a familiar path of mediocrity, instead laying the groundwork for a thrilling if understated affair.
“Gleeson, Thompson and Brühl give strong performances and this is a well-carpentered film.” (Guardian) (Research Chris Coetsee) Rivetting plot with red hot performances. Don’t miss.