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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 Alessandra Loïs Alessandra ... Little Girl (as Loïs van Wijk)
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 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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Storyline

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. See more »

Genres:

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:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film marks the second 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 »

Goofs

The Kaiser is talking about the sister-in-law of the Tsar being thrown into a mine shaft not the Tsar and his family. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Widow in Hotel: I have to go.
[Stephan hands the woman her panties]
Capt. Stefan Brandt: Here. Can I see you again?
Widow in Hotel: One telegram from the War Ministry is enough.
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A pleasant surprise
21 June 2017 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film tells the story of an army official in Nazi Germany, who is responsible for finding out the spy in the Dutch royal residence. He develops a romance with the Jewish maid, and he is forced to choose side.

I normally do not have high expectations for films I have not heard of, therefore I was pleasantly surprised by "The Exception". The plot is engaging, as it makes viewers care for both the German soldier and the Jewish maid. The production is good, and the sets are convincing. Jai Courtney is charming as the army officer, and I think he attracts adoration, sympathy and respect for his character.


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