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Transit (2018)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 1 March 2019 (USA)
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Set in seemingly contemporary times, a man who belongs to a persecuted minority attempts to escape from fascist-run France to America but 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
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
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Set in seemingly contemporary times, a man who belongs to a persecuted minority attempts to escape from fascist-run France to America but falls in love with the wife of a dead author whose identity he has assumed.

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The New Masterwork from the Director of Phoenix and Barbara See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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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:

$963,156
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

According to Christian Petzold, Transit 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 »

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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 »

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Georg: Then he thought, 'This is Marseille.' A port city. Port cities are cities, in which is told. That's what they're there for. And these people have the right to tell and that you listen inside.
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References Dawn of the Dead (1978) See more »

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Karneval der Tiere - Der Kuckuck
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Performed by Franz Rogowski (uncredited)
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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.


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