Alone in Berlin

2016

Action / Drama

31
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 47%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 48%
IMDb Rating 6.4 10 3691

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Daniel Brühl as Escherich
Emma Thompson as Anna Quangel
Brendan Gleeson as Otto Quangel
Mikael Persbrandt as SS Officer Prall
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Reviewed by David Ferguson ([email protected]) 6 / 10

a quiet resistance

Greetings again from the darkness. When war hits close to home, the grieving of surviving family members never ends. At the end of World War II, author Hans Fallada was given access to the Gestapo file of Otto and Elise Hampel. Fallada wrote a 1947 novel based on their story, and in 2009 it was translated to English for his bestseller "Every Man Dies Alone". Director Vincent Perez collaborated with Achim von Borries and Bettine von Borries to adapt the novel for the big screen.

Otto (Brendan Gleeson) and Elise (Emma Thompson) play a mostly quiet, working class couple who pay the ultimate price for a cause in which they don't believe. Their protest takes the form of a clandestine 2 person operation. They systematically distribute postcards with anti-Hitler messages … nearly 300 of the cards between 1940 and 1942. It's a drip campaign that takes the form of non-violent political resistance, and certainly rankles those of the Third Reich.

Daniel Bruhl plays Escherich, the Nazi officer put in charge of the investigation (labeled Operation: Hobgoblin). He is charged with finding the source of the cards and punishing those responsible. As the hunt drags on, Escherich is presented as a Nazi with a conscience, and bears the brunt of his superior's frustration, while living in as much fear as those he is chasing.

The film has a somber tone, and somehow never generates the tension or dread that this couple must have been dealing with on a daily basis for so long. In fact, Alexandre Desplat's score seems to fit a movie much more intense than what we are watching on screen. Mr. Gleeson delivers his usual grounded and believable performance despite a script that could have used a bit more potency. The film does deliver the always powerful message of having no regrets when you are standing up for what's right.

Reviewed by Tushpi 9 / 10

Moving but not depressing. A masterclass in acting from a stellar ensemble cast.

Having come close to losing a son in Afghanistan I could entirely relate to the despair and cold anger at the lies and injustice, the central characters felt. I was overwhelmed with emotion and the movie stayed with me for days.

Both Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson turn in outstanding performances, as do a number of the supporting cast members. The film allows a window into the fear, shame, and hopelessness the German people must have felt, as the war progressed and the true reality of the impacts of allowing rampant thuggery, cruelty and bigotry into power, was revealed. Parallels perhaps to certain events going on in the world today?

Brendan Gleeson is an outstanding actor who depicts ' everyman' with authenticity. This movie being a case in point. Without any histrionics this movie delivers. The ending was unanticipated and well crafted. The fact that it is a true story only adds to its power. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by ArchAngel Michael 7 / 10

Leave Cards Behind You

Spoilers Ahead:

If you go into this movie expecting Anthropoid, you will be greatly disappointed. Be warned, it is a very small quiet movie about a German couple whose beloved son is killed at the start of the movie. Gleeson, and, above all, Emma Thompson's gifts as actors carry the movie. The best scene is where Anna receives the fateful telegram. Thompson's best scene, she really impressed me here. Her movies tend to be out of the genres that I watch (Romance), she is a skilled actress. The couple's devastation is largely wordless; their lives are shattered. Otto is the one who decides to strike back against the government that killed his son. Anna, at first, is quite shocked but she warms to the plan. They begin leaving cards of denunciation all around their area; soon, the Gestapo is charting the cards' location and the noose begins closing. What I like about is how understated and against your typical script the movie is. First, the couple has an unhappy marriage; there are quiet moments of recrimination, some bitter words, and, they largely keep their distance from each other. In contrast to In The Bedroom, as the movie plays, their rebellion pulls them back together again. They both know the end of this story, as we do as well. Second, the life shattering grief is so well done: a carved wooden bust of their son's face, Anna holds it close to her silently weeping.

Second: the violence and torture are all off screen. When Otto is captured, we see his head running with blood. Unlike Anthropoid, there is no gruesome on screen violence. I gave Anthropoid a 9, I adore the movie. This director made all the opposite choices about how he wanted to render the tragedy. The movie is like a noose tightening about their necks. This sense of foreboding haunts both of them: near misses, close calls, narrow escapes but, we the viewers, know what is coming. There are a few scenes of a Jewish elderly lady, who is being hidden by other kind people, but, she is a reflection of the main story, her luck runs out. When they come, she makes the wise brave decision. You will see the dreadful power of the SS: when the Gestapo man tries to tell them they arrested the wrong man, watch what happens. This pressure is captured in my favorite scene, the SS proffer Gestapo boy a shot glass, as they standing over bleeding Otto. When they finish drinking, they throw the glasses into Otto's head full force. The Gestapo man has guilt for not saving Anna, he hesitates, watch the baleful glares he receives from the SS. The glares say,"You are next if you don't do likewise."

Yes, the detractors are correct, it is a relatively slow study of how grief makes these ordinary German working people become the most unlikely of rebels. I gave it a seven for the writing and the excellent performances of Thompson and Gleeson. I liked Gleeson's Otto but I was much more impressed with Thompson's Anna. She speaks very little, she has to use her expressive eyes and body language. SPOILER: I love when they are facing the phony show trial, also not shown, and she grasps Otto's hand. Otto says,"You know what is going to happen don't you?" Anna squeezes his hand,"It doesn't matter." She puts such love in her eyes, Otto loses much of his apprehension. This is the motif: Their love for their dead son was expressed by actions that destroyed them. They gave their lives trying to save other peoples' sons. I admired the movie for the message: Everyone can make a difference; they suffered the same fate as more violent rebels like Flame and Citron. Yet, their rebellion was just as brave. If you asked me the lesson of Alone In Berlin, I would say: "We are all alone, within our societies, but we can fight for Right in the way to which we were best gifted by God."

We all must die, they showed the world how to die well. They gave their beloved dead son the best gift you could ever give another. They saved others by laying down their lives. I really liked this movie, yes, it is slow, but has a great beauty about it: Leave Some Cards Behind You. Deus Vobiscum, IMDb. Q.E.D.

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