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.
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 »
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 »
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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I saw this film without having any idea of the plot other than it was a thriller about an Australian tourist in Germany.
The production is very well done. It has enough stylising to make it visually interesting without being overbearing - it fits the subject, which is the darker side of a European country that has emerged from an old oppressive regime.
I don't recall seeing either of the main cast (Teresa Palmer and Max Riemelt) in anything before and was impressed by their portrayal of Clare and Andi. The characters were real - they were believable.
Overall this is a good quality film worth watching, especially if you are a fan of movies that portray the darker side of life without ridiculous amounts of inappropriate gore.
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