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Alone in Berlin (2016)

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After a Nazi German working class couple loses their son in World War II, they decide to retaliate by secretly leafletting handwritten cards in Berlin denouncing their government.

Director:

Vincent Perez

Writers:

Achim von Borries (screenplay), Vincent Perez (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Emma Thompson ... Anna Quangel
Brendan Gleeson ... Otto Quangel
Daniel Brühl ... Escherich
Mikael Persbrandt ... SS Officer Prall
Louis Hofmann ... Hans Quangel
Katharina Schüttler ... Claire Gehrich
Godehard Giese ... Colonel Krüger
Jacob Matschenz Jacob Matschenz ... Dietrich Necker
Rainer Reiners ... Salesman Franz Kanz
Ernst Stötzner Ernst Stötzner ... Dptm. Head Walter
Uwe Preuss ... Persicke
Joshua Grothe ... August Persicke
Holger Handtke Holger Handtke ... Dollfuss
Jürgen Tarrach Jürgen Tarrach ... Caretaker Richard Schopf
Hildegard Schroedter ... Ida Kuhn
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Storyline

In 1940, German soldier Hans Quangel is killed in action during the French campaign. His parents, Otto and Anna, are devastated by the loss and their bereavement is unmollified by the joyful hysteria at Germany's victory. Deciding that Fuhrer Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime are responsible for this tragedy and much more, Otto cannot stand by any longer. As such, Otto begins to create handwritten cards denouncing the regime's abuses and lies, which he secretly deposits throughout Berlin while a disillusioned Anna insists on helping him. As the subversive cards pile up over the years, police detective Escherich is tasked to track down the leafleteer while being pressured by his increasingly impatient SS superior for an arrest for this "treason," regardless of actual guilt. As the stakes rise even as Nazi Germany's day of reckoning approaches, Otto and Anna are determined to spread the truth regardless of the odds even as their opposition awaits the fatal mistake that could doom them. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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The Mission is the Message See more »

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Drama

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Rated R for brief violence | See all certifications »

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UK | France | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cartas de Berlín See more »

Filming Locations:

Görlitz, Saxony, Germany See more »

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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At one point, Otto recalls how he met his wife, and tells her about the time she went with another suitor to a place called "The Chestnut Tree". The film is making reference to George Orwell's novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four." In it, the Chestnut Tree is a cafe where dissidents and critics would supposedly meet. The book is about a totalitarian regime when the main characters are constantly supervised and ultimately caught by secret police after a symbolic act of rebellion, just like Otto and Anna in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Frau Rosenthal: I want to be in the apartment when my husband arrives.
Herr Fromm: He isn't coming back - and you know that, Frau Rosenthal.
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Version of Jeder stirbt für sich allein (1976) See more »

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A harsh reminder of how quickly evil can spread
31 January 2017 | by atcallanSee all my reviews

There is really very little you can criticize about a story when the story is true. The adaptation for the screen can come under scrutiny, but in this case there really is no cause for concern. It is a beautifully shot and crafted piece of cinema. Excellent Cast, and solid direction.

You are introduced to a view of history from a less common angle. The lives and story of people who opposed the rise of Nazi Germany from within. People who stood up to the fear, collusion, and general despair of the masses. Most too scared to fight back, choosing instead to lay low and hope for the best.

You can draw frightening parallels with the world today. Except we have social media to voice our anger and concerns at what we see as injustice. The tyrants and demigods around the world fight to block free speech on the internet just as Hitler and the SS did in Germany in the late 1930's and 40's. If you disagree with them you are wrong and risk being silenced and oppressed.

This film depicts the pre-internet world's attempt at quiet resistance. Slower, less reach, but still shows the importance of non conformity in the face of oppression. A valuable watch for all who love true stories, and perhaps particularly relevant at the moment.


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