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Alone in Berlin

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United Kingdom, France, Germany · 2016
Rated R · 1h 43m
Director Vincent Pérez
Starring Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Brühl, Mikael Persbrandt
Genre Thriller, War, Drama

In June of 1940, Germany is celebrating the victory over France. In Berlin, a couple whose son has just been killed at the front lose their belief in the ‘Führer’. They begin to write and distribute anti-Hitler postcards, which puts them in the sights of the SS and the Gestapo and makes even their neighbors a potential door to death.

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CineVue by

Though Anna and Otto's story is undoubtedly a fascinating example of the necessity of resistance and Perez is clearly a skilful director of actors, there's something anticlimactic about Alone in Berlin.


The Guardian by Andrew Pulver

Filmed with competence rather than actual verve, Alone in Berlin works – just about. There’s enough of a thriller about it to hold the interest, even if it’s a bit on the stodgy side.


The Hollywood Reporter by Boyd van Hoeij

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.


Variety by Guy Lodge

Tastefully lit and art-directed throughout, with a somberly mellifluous Alexandre Desplat score to ease it along, this fact-based drama finally cushions its harshest emotional blows, though Brendan Gleeson’s deeply sad, stoic dignity in the lead cuts through some of the padding.


The Playlist by Jessica Kiang

There is always something of value in the sincere recreation of ordinary heroism. And Perez’ film does sincere if ordinary justice to the idea that where there is a will for it, resistance can find a way, be it so small as to be postcard-sized.


The A.V. Club by Mike D'Angelo

A lump in the throat inspired by real-life heroism is all that this dour, monotonous drama has to offer. Indeed, it’s easy to guess that the story is fact-based—it’s far too blah to have been invented from scratch.


The Telegraph by Tim Robey

Pérez relies on his cast to do what they can with sketchily written roles, and also to pull off that dodgiest of acting tasks, speaking English with a pronounced German accent – something the stars curiously manage with much more shading and conviction than the mostly Teutonic supporting cast.

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