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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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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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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Trivia

Sigurd tells Stefan simply that "the Kaiser has a withered arm" but provided no details. When the Kaiser was born, he was a breach baby with his left arm wrapped behind his head. The nerves to his left arm were permanently damaged during his birth and it never properly developed. By adulthood, his left arm was six inches shorter than his right and his left hand withered and substantially smaller than the the right. The Kaiser would try to conceal this by holding a pair of gloves in his left hand to make his left arm appear longer. 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

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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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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