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Berlin Syndrome review – 'lite' version of kidnap thriller disappoints

8 June 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Cate Shortland’s latest film ticks all the boxes of the captivity psycho-drama, but the lack of originality lets it down

Cate Shortland, the director of the widely admired Somersault, has made an efficient but unrewarding and ultimately pointless psycho-thriller, adapted by Shaun Grant from the 2011 debut novel by Australian author Melanie Joosten. It is set in Berlin, a mecca for backpackers and international hipsters. Clare (Teresa Palmer) is a tourist from Brisbane, wandering around the city, photographing the East German architecture that fascinates her, but feeling a little aimless. She runs into Andi (Max Riemelt), a charming, interesting German guy who chats her up in the street. They go back to his place; the next morning he goes off to work, leaving her to sleep. Clare’s loved-up mood is dispelled, however, when she wakes up and realises he has locked her in his apartment and taken her sim card. »

- Peter Bradshaw

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