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, Violence103 minsUK, France, Germany
Drama
97%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

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

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

"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.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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

3.0
0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

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

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Fails to leave a lasting impression.

3.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

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

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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...

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

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

0

War films are stories writ large about aggression between nations. Few of them explore small-scale human undercurrents of suppressed dissent inside the countries at war. Alone in Berlin (2016) does this by looking at an ordinary working-class couple and their compulsion to express feelings about Hitler’s dictatorship at time where dissent meant certain...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

"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.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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

3.0
0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

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

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Fails to leave a lasting impression.

3.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

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

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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...

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

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

0

War films are stories writ large about aggression between nations. Few of them explore small-scale human undercurrents of suppressed dissent inside the countries at war. Alone in Berlin (2016) does this by looking at an ordinary working-class couple and their compulsion to express feelings about Hitler’s dictatorship at time where dissent meant certain...

4.0
0