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


Christian Petzold


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


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 »


Drama | Sci-Fi


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The film is a World War II allegory set in modern times. It is based on a novel set during WW2 in Nazi-occupied France. While the plot remains unchanged the era the movie is set in is changed to be the 21st century. To compensate for this, some elements of the plot are left vague such as who exactly is the occupying force. See more »


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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References Dawn of the Dead (1978) See more »


Music & Text: Hanna Dieter Hüsch
Courtesy of EMI Nobile Musikverlag Gmbh
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Exactly like a dog chasing its tail but never succeeded
7 March 2019 | by MovieIQTestSee all my reviews

What a lousy, clueless and messy movie. If this was adapted faithfully from a novel, then I'd say that novel also sucks big time! The movie was lazily trying to prescribe a chaos when the German Nazi had invaded the France in WWII, but didn't bother to change everything to look alike the 1940s. The lousy director decided just to use the current French localities such as Paris and Marseille to shoot this movie, so all the things showed in it were uptodate current, vehicles were all present models, cities were full of illegal immigrants from Africa, all the police forces were geared in modern weaponry. The worst and the weirdest thing of this movie was the ridiculous mix up of the languages, the narrative was in German, the characters who played those desperate German Jews fled to France, and all the consulars of the foreign nations, all speaking German, but sometimes, French was suddenly the major dialog.

If this movie was adapted from the specific novel, I don't think the author was in a very stable mental condition. What she tried to deliver was nothing but chaotic mixed-ups, then complete further messed up by the brainless screenplay writers and the moronic director.

The movie was a complete MESS! Some of the reviewers tried to show they were deeper and more intelligent than the other viewers, so they completely understood what's going on in this poorly scripted and brainlessly directed movie, but actually this movie got nothing to do with anything at all. A movie so lazily made without any endeavor, not even in the least to try as the TV series, "The Man in the High Castle", was such a shameless and shameful poor product by the German movie industries. A movie so shamelessly tried to fool the viewers with some stupid modern day "Existentialism" touch was just disgusting!

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1 March 2019 (USA) See more »

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$31,931, 3 March 2019

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