A man attempting to escape occupied France falls in love with the wife of a dead author whose identity he has assumed.

Director:

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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Storyline

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

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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According to Christian Petzold, this movie is the last chapter of his trilogy called "Love in Times of Oppressive Systems". The trilogy also includes Barbara (2012) and Phoenix (2014). See more »

Quotes

Georg: Their eyes met. For a long moment they looked at each other. Then they lowered their eyes. He knew what everyone was talking about and let go: It was the shame. They were ashamed. Shamed terribly.
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Connections

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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TRANSITORY DYSTOPIAN RETRO DRAMA
22 October 2020 | by MadamWardenSee all my reviews

This is an excellent, if somewhat heavy drama. Excellent acting. The plot obviously romanticised and, given the dystopian premise, unbelievable yet eminently relatable. A reverse WWII refugee story of love and self realisation.

I enjoyed it and certainly felt a note of anguish at refugee plights the world over.

A good movie!


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Country:

Germany | France

Release Date:

1 March 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Transit See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,931, 3 March 2019

Gross USA:

$815,290

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,012,747
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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