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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

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The Melbourne production design team and art department recreated Andi's apartment on a Docklands sound stage based on the original apartment in Berlin. The majority of scenes in the apartment were shot on that set in Melbourne. The set had working water, gas, and electricity plus a fake wall and greenscreens for the neighbouring building. 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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Downtown
Written by Tony Hatch and Petula Clark
Performed by Teresa Palmer
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Surprisingly thrilling
25 August 2017 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film tells the story of an Australian tourist, who meets a charming German man while she is backpacking in Berlin. A night of passion then leads to months of nightmare, as she is locked up in his fortified home.

I have not heard of the film "Berlin Syndrome" before, so I was pleasantly surprised by how well made it was. The story is realistic, convincing and very very disturbing. The thing is that, it could really happen to anyone in every day life. How would you know your new friend is not a psycho? The man in the film is so sick and perverted, that words just cannot describe it. This fear and uncertainty translates to real life easily, which makes the film very engaging and unnerving. The thrill of the film is very well portrayed and maintained. I find myself hoping for the best, but mentally prepared for the worst. It is a surprisingly thrilling film, and I would definitely recommend it to other people.


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