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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.


David Leveaux


Simon Burke (screenplay by), Alan Judd (based on the novel "The Kaiser's Last Kiss" by)
2,875 ( 48)
2 nominations. See more awards »





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


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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


One duty. One desire. One decision.


Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

2 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Kaiser's Last Kiss See more »

Filming Locations:

Flanders, Belgium See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,351, 2 June 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$606,989, 14 July 2017
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film marks the first time actor Jai Courtney has performed a scene of full frontal nudity on screen. Courtney revealed that he had absolutely no inhibitions about going nude. He also said that he didn't like the alternative of putting on a modesty pouch or taping his genitals to his body. He said about the scene, "I am pretty comfortable being stark naked. I actually didn't even know my genitals were going to be in shot. You can't put them out all the time but sometimes it makes sense to get real and get in the moment. If you trust the other actors and things are treated with sensitivity and respect, then it's fine." See more »


Wilhelm states the Tsar and his family were killed in a mine when in fact they were executed in a basement room and the bodies dumped in a mine which was not known at the time. Yet, many contradictory versions about the fate of the Russian royal family were circulating at the time, including stories about the bodies being dumped in a mine, a swamp or even not being executed at all, but simply taken to a secret location, but by then all versions (including the real one) were just a rumors. Adding that the Soviet politburo was very secretive about the whole matter, it may show that the Kaiser, an old man kept in relative seclusion, was simply misinformed and had decided to believe this version without further evidence. See more »


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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An underrated movie with great acting.
16 July 2017 | by kendmonkSee all my reviews

This is a movie and in my humble opinion is totally underrated. Yes, there are a few flaws but don't most movies have them? The story starts off slow but soon picks up and keeps you interested to the final credits. Christopher Plummer as usual plays the part to perfection. As do most of the characters in the movie. I really enjoyed this movie and highly recommend it.

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