Alone in Berlin

2016

Action / Drama

29
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 47%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 48%
IMDb Rating 6.4 10 3304

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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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Movie Reviews

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.

Reviewed by ArchAngel Michael 7 / 10

Great acting

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.

Reviewed by Adrian Callan 7 / 10

A harsh reminder of how quickly evil can spread

There is really very little you can criticize about a story when the story is true. The adaptation for the screen can come under scrutiny, but in this case there really is no cause for concern. It is a beautifully shot and crafted piece of cinema. Excellent Cast, and solid direction.

You are introduced to a view of history from a less common angle. The lives and story of people who opposed the rise of Nazi Germany from within. People who stood up to the fear, collusion, and general despair of the masses. Most too scared to fight back, choosing instead to lay low and hope for the best.

You can draw frightening parallels with the world today. Except we have social media to voice our anger and concerns at what we see as injustice. The tyrants and demigods around the world fight to block free speech on the internet just as Hitler and the SS did in Germany in the late 1930's and 40's. If you disagree with them you are wrong and risk being silenced and oppressed.

This film depicts the pre-internet world's attempt at quiet resistance. Slower, less reach, but still shows the importance of non conformity in the face of oppression. A valuable watch for all who love true stories, and perhaps particularly relevant at the moment.

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