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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.

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Vincent Perez

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Achim von Borries (screenplay), Vincent Perez (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Daniel Brühl ... Escherich
Louis Hofmann ... Hans Quangel
Emma Thompson ... Anna Quangel
Mikael Persbrandt ... SS Officer Prall
Brendan Gleeson ... Otto Quangel
Katharina Schüttler ... Claire Gehrich
Joshio Marlon Joshio Marlon ... Kuno Barkhausen
Jacob Matschenz ... Dietrich Necker
Sammy Scheuritzel Sammy Scheuritzel ... Baldur Persicke
Godehard Giese ... Colonel Krüger
Holger Handtke ... Dollfuss
Lars Rudolph ... Enno Kluge
Rafael Gareisen ... Herbert Wegner
Joshua Grothe ... August Persicke
Uwe Preuss ... Persicke
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In 1940, German soldier Hans Quangel (Louis Hofmann) is killed in action during the French campaign. His parents, Otto (Brendan Gleeson) and Anna (Dame Emma Thompson), are devastated by the loss and their bereavement is unmollified by the joyful hysteria at Germany's victory. Deciding that Führer 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 (Daniel Brühl) is tasked to track down the leafleteer while being pressured by his increasingly impatient S.S. 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, ... Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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In the heart of terror, they resist everyday life. See more »

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Drama | History | War

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Rated R for brief violence | See all certifications »

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Based on the novel "Jeder stirbt für sich allein" (Every Man Dies Alone) by Hans Fallada. The novel was allegedly based on Gestapo files to which Fallada was given access. See more »

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Escherich: It's a man whose no longer young. Who lost his only son in the French campaign. Inexperienced at writing; but, intelligent. The style has visibly changed during the course of the year. In recent months he has used the title: Free Press.
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Version of Jeder stirbt für sich allein (1962) See more »

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Superb Acting
22 January 2017 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

Do you appreciate good acting? If so, you shouldn't miss "Alone In Berlin", an indie now playing at a few theaters in NYC. It features Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson as the Quangels, whose only son was killed in action fighting for the Nazis in WWII. They are heartbroken, but this is quickly replaced by anger and a sense of revenge for their loss. Otto (Gleeson) decides to print a series of anti-Nazi postcards and leave them at strategic public places around Berlin, but not in mailboxes or stuck in doors - that could mean death to the finder. Naturally, the Gestapo and SS are hot on his trail.

If Brendan Gleeson is the heart of the picture, Emma Thompson is its soul. She is fearful at first but then embraces Otto's dangerous idea and in the process finds renewed love for her husband. She is fiercely loyal and discovers courage she thought she didn't have. She is heartbreaking in her anguish over the loss of her son, and she and Gleeson elevate a pedestrian story to a must-see.

I wonder if at some point in production someone, in the old Hollywood tradition, should have yelled "Get me rewrite!", as the screenplay could have used a little 'punching up'. The story lacks some tension and suspense and relies on the two principals for success. And do they deliver. "Alone in Berlin" will be lost in the shuffle next year at Oscar time, which is a loss and a shame as both are deserving of an AA nom.


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Release Date:

13 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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Görlitz, Saxony, Germany See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$8,869, 15 January 2017

Gross USA:

$33,125

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,205,598
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