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Berlin Syndrome (2017)

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A passionate holiday romance leads to an obsessive relationship, when an Australian photojournalist wakes one morning in a Berlin apartment and is unable to leave.

Director:

Cate Shortland

Writers:

Shaun Grant (screenplay), Melanie Joosten (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Teresa Palmer ... Clare Havel
Max Riemelt ... Andi Werner
Matthias Habich ... Erich Werner
Emma Bading Emma Bading ... Franka Hummels
Elmira Bahrami Elmira Bahrami ... Jana
Christoph Franken Christoph Franken ... Peter
Lucie Aron ... Elodie Zadikan
Nassim Avat Nassim Avat ... Aaron Hurwitz
Malin Steffen Malin Steffen ... Swedish Girl
Thuso Lekwape ... Billy Dharma
Morgane Ferru ... Jesie Lamarque
Lara Marie Müller Lara Marie Müller ... Silke
Elias Esser Elias Esser ... Boy 1
Claude Heinrich Claude Heinrich ... Boy 2
Nadine Peschel Nadine Peschel ... Mother
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Storyline

While holidaying in Berlin, Australian photojournalist Clare meets Andi, a charismatic local man, and there is an instant attraction between them. A night of passion ensues. But what initially appears to be the start of a romance suddenly takes an unexpected and sinister turn when Clare wakes the following morning to discover Andi has left for work and locked her in his apartment. An easy mistake to make, of course, except Andi has no intention of letting her go again. Ever.

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Rated R for disturbing violent content, strong sexuality, nudity and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English | German | Russian

Release Date:

26 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Síndrome de Berlin See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$28,660

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$397,788
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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The apartment that Clare is trapped in is based on a real one, in the Prenzlauer Berg neighbourhood of Berlin. Director Cate Shortland: "It was a 50- or 60-apartment building with [only] about eight apartments occupied. But all of our young people are flocking there. It's kind of a beautiful idea, wanting to get out and explore, and hoping the artistic and cultural dynamic of the city will rub off on you. It's a place with a lot of community feeling, but in winter it's also an incredibly monstrous, grey, miserable place." [The Guardian. June 2017] See more »

Goofs

Clare have access to her mobile phone after Andi removes her sim card. You don't need a sim card to do an emergency call. See more »

Quotes

Andi: What would be the worst thing I could ever do to you? Don't worry... I would never do it. We are a team.
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Soundtracks

Gokyuzu (bio-mix)
Written by Özlem Ylmaz & Pat Jabbar
Performed by Kasbah Rockers feat. Özlem
Courtesy of Barraka El Farnatshi Prod.
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Brilliant direction, but no real point to the story.
2 September 2017 | by david-rector-85092See all my reviews

I love Cate Shortland's previous films: Somersault and Lore. I really like how the director evokes mood and stages her sequences, but this at times brutal film has little point. Girl is trapped. Girl does everything she can to survive. Nearly 2 hours of watching Teresa Palmer endure her captivity in 'Berlin Syndrome' was pretty gruelling. I don't see or feel a journey as I did with the female protagonists in Cate's earlier work.

There is such talent in front of and behind the camera here, but it feels like a step backwards. I get there must be an audience for this type of content, and I rate it still pretty highly because of my respect for the director, but it isn't a patch on her first 2.


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