7.0/10
3,182
29 user 108 critic

Transit (2018)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1 March 2019 (USA)
Trailer
2:20 | Trailer
A man attempting to escape Nazi-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)
Reviews
Popularity
4,128 ( 683)
4 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A story of violent love within a time frame spanning from 2001 to 2017.

Director: Zhangke Jia
Stars: Tao Zhao, Fan Liao, Yi'nan Diao
Phoenix II (2014)
Drama | History | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A disfigured Holocaust survivor sets out to determine if the man she loved betrayed her trust.

Director: Christian Petzold
Stars: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf
Barbara I (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A doctor working in 1980s East Germany finds herself banished to a small country hospital.

Director: Christian Petzold
Stars: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock
High Life (2018)
Adventure | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A father and his daughter struggle to survive in deep space where they live in isolation.

Director: Claire Denis
Stars: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin
Sunset (2018)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young girl grows up to become a strong and fearless woman in Budapest before World War I.

Director: László Nemes
Stars: Vlad Ivanov, Susanne Wuest, Evelin Dobos
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

German artist Kurt Barnert has escaped East Germany and now lives in West Germany, but is tormented by his childhood under the Nazis and the GDR-regime.

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Stars: Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer
The Mustang (2019)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The story of Roman Coleman, a violent convict, who is given the chance to participate in a rehabilitation therapy program involving the training of wild mustangs.

Director: Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
Stars: Matthias Schoenaerts, Jason Mitchell, Bruce Dern
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A man went back to Guizhou, found the tracks of a mysterious woman. He recalls the summer he spent with her twenty years ago.

Director: Gan Bi
Stars: Wei Tang, Jue Huang, Sylvia Chang
Gloria Bell (2018)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A free-spirited woman in her 50s seeks out love at L.A. dance clubs.

Director: Sebastián Lelio
Stars: Sean Astin, Julianne Moore, Alanna Ubach
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

During the marijuana bonanza, a violent decade that saw the origins of drug trafficking in Colombia, Rapayet and his indigenous family get involved in a war to control the business that ends up destroying their lives and their culture.

Directors: Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra
Stars: Carmiña Martínez, José Acosta, Natalia Reyes
Shoplifters (2018)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find outside in the cold.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Stars: Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Kirin Kiki
Cold War (2018)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In the 1950s, a music director falls in love with a singer and tries to persuade her to flee communist Poland for France.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Stars: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Franz Rogowski ... Georg
Paula Beer ... Marie
Godehard Giese ... Richard
Lilien Batman Lilien Batman ... Driss
Maryam Zaree Maryam Zaree ... Melissa
Barbara Auer ... Architect / Frau
Matthias Brandt ... Barmann / Erzähler
Sebastian Hülk ... Paul
Emilie de Preissac
Antoine Oppenheim Antoine Oppenheim ... Binnet
Louison Tresallet Louison Tresallet ... Jean Binnet
Justus von Dohnányi Justus von Dohnányi ... Conductor
Alex Brendemühl ... Mexican Consul
Trystan Pütter ... American Consul
Ronald Kukulies Ronald Kukulies
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The New Masterwork from the Director of Phoenix and Barbara

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Germany | France

Release Date:

1 March 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Transit See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,931, 3 March 2019, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$806,560, 23 May 2019
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Most of the things (cars, military uniforms etc) in this film couldn't physically exist unless the nazis were defeated, making the film paradoxical and therefore a sci-fi. 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.
See more »

Connections

References Dawn of the Dead (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Road to Nowhere
Performed by Talking Heads
Written by David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz and Jerry Harrison
(c) Index Music, Inc., WB Music Corp.
(p) 1985 Sire Records Company
Courtesy of Neue Welt Musikverlag GmbH & WARNER MUSIC Group Germany Holding GmbH, A Warner Music Group Company
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Time Shift Is The Key
18 March 2019 | by JackCerfSee all my reviews

Transit is based on a 1944 novel by Anna Seghers, in turn based on her experiences as a German Jewish Communist political refugee in Marseilles trying to get out of Vichy France to Mexico. The protagonist is a German illegally in France, who travels from Paris to Marseilles, through chance assumes the identity of a dead German leftist writer who has an exit visa to Mexico, and finds himself involved with both the writer's estranged wife and the wife and son of a fellow German illegal.

What made the movie work for me is that it is not a routine World War II vintage costume drama. Director-Writer Christian Petzold has chosen to set the entire story in present day France. There are no Nazis, no swastikas, and no political explanations. There are only the omnipresent French police checking papers in the street, raiding hotels and apartments, and rounding up illegal aliens for deportation to an unnamed destination, assisted by good French citizens either venal or patriotic, and the desperate struggle of the refugees to procure legitimate identity and travel documents in the face of bureaucratic indifference or hostility. It all feels like it could be happening six months from now, there or, for that matter, here. The contemporary setting greatly increases the tension by taking away historical cues -- you have no idea how it is going to come out or whether the hero will make his getaway to Mexico.


13 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 29 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed