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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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Cast

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
Uwe Preuss ... Persicke
Ernst Stötzner Ernst Stötzner ... Dptm. Head Walter
Rainer Reiners ... Salesman Franz Kanz
Lars Rudolph Lars Rudolph ... Enno Kluge
Joshua Grothe ... August Persicke
Holger Handtke Holger Handtke ... Dollfuss
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 truth was their resistance. See more »

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Escherich: Think about it Quangel. Every single card was turned in to us voluntarily. We didn't find any ourselves. They couldn't wait to hand them over to us. All those people. Some were arrested. One committed suicide. How could you seriously believe that you would change anything? You! Foreman Quangel.
Otto Quangel: Who killed himself?
Escherich: That doesn't matter. A small fish. Insignificant.
Otto Quangel: Everyone is significant.
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Version of Jeder stirbt für sich allein (1976) See more »

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Courage and resistance in a brilliantly acted war resistance story
11 April 2017 | by henk-447-233237See all my reviews

This brilliantly cast and acted film earns an excellent cinema manifestation because it's an impressive and important war experience story focused on two ordinary people in an inner city we all know will soon be torn apart as the war in Berlin ravages onto a bitter end.

Otto and Anna deserve the full focus of this film, which intimately and convincingly lets us into their lives, and brings out the tenacious courage of two ordinary Berliners,persevering in their personal vendetta against the monstrous war machine, pursuing at great personal risk their resistance against the hideous Nazi regime.

Alone in Berlin fully succeeds in conveying the ingrained personal pain turned into anger over the loss of the couple's son, and the acting of Emma Thompson and Brendon Gleeson brilliantly fulfils our expectations. A personal Nazi resistance story very well told that makes for highly recommended and compelling viewing.


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