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The Exception (2016)

R | | Drama, Romance, War | 2 June 2017 (USA)
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A German soldier tries to determine if the Dutch resistance has planted a spy to infiltrate the home of Kaiser Wilhelm in Holland during the onset of World War II, but falls for a young Jewish Dutch woman during his investigation.

Director:

David Leveaux

Writers:

Simon Burke (screenplay by), Alan Judd (based on the novel "The Kaiser's Last Kiss" by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Loïs van Wijk Loïs van Wijk ... Little Girl
Jai Courtney ... Capt. Stefan Brandt
Karin Leclercq Karin Leclercq ... Widow in Hotel
Anton Lesser ... General Falkenberg
Christopher Plummer ... Kaiser Wilhelm II
Aubeline Barbieux Aubeline Barbieux ... Beatrix
Janet McTeer ... Princess Hermine
Lily James ... Mieke de Jong
Stéphane Auberghen Stéphane Auberghen ... Frau Linnenkamp
Ben Daniels ... Col. Sigurd von Ilsemann
Martin Swabey ... Mueller
Martin Savage Martin Savage ... Dirksen
Mark Dexter ... Dietrich
Kurt Standaert Kurt Standaert ... Schulz
Kris Cuppens Kris Cuppens ... Pastor Hendriks
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A German soldier tries to determine if the Dutch resistance has planted a spy to infiltrate the home of Kaiser Wilhelm in Holland during the onset of World War II, but falls for a young Jewish Dutch woman during his investigation.

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One duty. One desire. One decision.

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Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, graphic nudity, language and brief violence | See all certifications »

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Kaiser's Last Kiss See more »

Filming Locations:

Flanders, Belgium See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,351, 2 June 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$606,989, 14 July 2017
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Upon arrival, Sigurd tells Captain Brandt to call the Kaiser and his wife "sir" and "madam", since the Treaty of Versailles prohibited otherwise. However, Brandt immediately calls him "Your Highness". This can be interpreted as WW2 Germans had utter contempt for the TReaty of Versailles and everything it represented. See more »

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At dinner with the Kaiser, Himmler mentions the Aktion T4 eugenics program. Given the fact the program was both a secret and later a source of public outcry, it is very unlikely Himmler would casually mention it to the Kaiser, much less so in the presence of his wife, minor ranking army officers and house staff of an occupied country. See more »

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Kaiser Wilhelm II: I'm ashamed to say that before and after my first marriage I, myself, fathered at least two illegitimate children: one with an Austrian countess, another with a French prostitute who was known in court circles as Madame L'Amour. Both of them, incidentally, blackmailed me for huge sums of money, the Countess and the prostitute. I expected better of the prostitute.
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Christopher Plummer
7 July 2017 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

This is the main reason to see this picture, an old-timer at the top of his game at the ripe old age of 87. Acting skill and impeccable timing still at its best as he enters the character of Kaiser Wilhelm hoping to make a comeback as the ruler of his beloved homeland. He gets scant help from the two principals, Lily James and Jai Courtney, and you find yourself waiting for Plummer's next appearance.

The story which has been recounted in other reviews is good and is basically a love story between James and Courtney. There is little action in this character study, but mention must be made of Eddie Marsan, who gives a hypnotic and creepy performance as Heinrich Himmler, Hitler's Gestapo Chief. His portrayal is chilling and repulsive and he is an arresting presence on screen (no pun intended). "The Exception" is interesting and absorbing - especially when Plummer is front and center.


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