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Transit (2018)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 1 March 2019 (USA)
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A man attempting to escape occupied France falls in love with the wife of a dead author whose identity he has assumed.

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Christian Petzold

Writers:

Christian Petzold (adaptation), Anna Seghers (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Franz Rogowski ... Georg
Paula Beer ... Marie
Godehard Giese ... Richard
Lilien Batman Lilien Batman ... Driss
Maryam Zaree ... Melissa
Barbara Auer ... Architect / Frau
Matthias Brandt ... Barmann / Erzähler
Sebastian Hülk ... Paul
Emilie de Preissac ... Chambermaid in Paris Hotel
Antoine Oppenheim Antoine Oppenheim ... Binnet
Ronald Kukulies Ronald Kukulies
Justus von Dohnányi ... Conductor
Alex Brendemühl ... Mexican Consul
Trystan Pütter ... American Consul
Agnès Regolo Agnès Regolo
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German troops are fast approaching Paris. Georg, a German refugee, escapes to Marseille in the nick of time. In his luggage, he carries the documents of an author, Weidel, who has taken his own life in fear of his persecutors. Those documents include a manuscript, letters and visa assurance from the Mexican embassy. Everything changes when Georg falls in love with the mysterious Marie. Is it devotion or calculation that has led her to share her life with a doctor, Richard, before journeying on in search of her husband? He's said to have surfaced in Marseille in possession of a Mexican visa for him and his wife. Written by AnonymusB

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Based on the novel by Anna Seghers. See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

According to Christian Petzold, in some ways, all of the screenplays that he and his late collaborator Harun Farocki developed together were more or less based on Transit by Anna Seghers. See more »

Goofs

When the train arrives in Marseille, the actor playing Heinz is very clearly breathing, his chest and Adam's apple rise and fall with each breath in the lengthy closeup, even though the character is dead. See more »

Quotes

Georg: It was cold. The Mistral. He was tired. Nobody looked at him. That's the terrible thing. Not that she's your dirty face staring at the torn clothes.The terrible thing is that they are you do not see that you are not there.
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References Dawn of the Dead (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Karneval der Tiere - Der Kuckuck
Composed by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performed by Franz Rogowski (uncredited)
(c) copyright control
Recorded by Stefan Will
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Life and Death in Marseilles
24 March 2019 | by mjjusa-1See all my reviews

Highly recommended. Imaginative setting, letters of transit, Occupied France, unrequited love, maybe a bit slow, making it seem a bit long at times, and an enigmatic ending, of course. The German actor a doppelgänger of Joaquin Phoenix. A sometimes intense, always intelligent, certainly worthwhile 'art' film set in Paris, Marseilles and your imagination. We all have waited in a bar, a glass of wine in front of us, waiting for a woman we love.


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Country:

Germany | France

Release Date:

1 March 2019 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,931, 3 March 2019

Gross USA:

$815,290

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$982,372
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2.39 : 1
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