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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.

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Cate Shortland

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Shaun Grant (screenplay), Melanie Joosten (novel) | 1 more credit »
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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 Lucie Aron ... Elodie Zadikan
Nassim Avat Nassim Avat ... Aaron Hurwitz
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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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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Teresa Palmer described her participation on the project as "one of the most transformational experiences" of her life, as well as "the most liberating film experience" of her career. 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

Clare Havel: Andi, what is going on?
Andi: "What is going on? " You could have gone to Dresden. You said you want to stay.
Andi: We had sex. People-- people say all sorts of things in bed. It doesent necessarily mean anything.
[sobbing]
Andi: Please, dear God.
Andi: Do you like pesto?
Clare Havel: What? Can we just go for dinner?
[he ignores her]
Clare Havel: Can I have my necklace back?
[he continues to ignore her]
[...]
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Downtown
Written by Tony Hatch and Petula Clark
Performed by Teresa Palmer
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The Collector in Berlin
1 June 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The Australian photographer Clare (Teresa Palmer) is visiting Berlin alone on vacation and taking photos of the buildings since she intends to write a book about architecture. When she stumbles upon the German high school teacher Andi (Max Riemelt), the chemistry is good and they have one night stand in his isolated apartment in an abandoned building. In the morning, Clare wakes up and does not find the key to leave the apartment. When Andi arrives from his work, Clare tells that she was locked but Andi shows the key on the table. Clare spends another night with Andi, but on the next morning she finds that the key does not open the front door and the chip of her cellphone was removed. Soon she learns that Andi is a sexual psychopath and will not let her go away. What will happen to Clare?

"Berlin Syndrome" is a tense and quite theatrical Australian thriller with a storyline very similar to 1965 "The Collector". Teresa Palmer is an excellent actress and has a magnificent performance with Max Riemelt. They practically participate in most of the scenes and have the chance to shine. The direction is precise and the makeup is impressive, giving the sensation to the viewer that the characters are wounded indeed. The pace is adequate to build the tension until the last scene. My vote is seven.

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English | German | Russian

Release Date:

26 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Berlin Syndrome See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$22,916, 28 May 2017

Gross USA:

$28,660

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$397,783
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