Berlin Syndrome

2017

Drama / Horror / Mystery / Thriller

69
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 73%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 52%
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 9829

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Teresa Palmer as Clare
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Mbakkel2 6 / 10

The same story has been told several times before

The problem with this film is that you feel like you've seen everything before and you probably have. A young woman is held captive by a man. It is essentially the same plot as William Wyler's brilliant British 1966 thriller "The Collector", and that film was much better.

The young Australian photographer Tessa Palmer is in Berlin to take pictures of the GDR architecture. She meets English teacher Andi, who takes her to one of Berlin's allotment gardens. Andi then brings Tessa home to his apartment and they sleep together. When Andi is teaching at school the following day, Tessa discovers that the door is locked. When he returns home, she tells him about it and he gives her the keys. The problem is that they don't fit. He has also removed the SIM card from her cell phone.

Andi tells his father, a professor, that he has got a girlfriend named Tessa. The father asks what happened to his former girlfriend, Natalie, whereupon the son replies that she has moved to Canada. This is the film's unanswered question. Did he kill her? And what happened to the dog Lotte, whom he claimed had run away?

A potential helper is brutally beaten to death by Andi. A similar plot device is used in "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?", in which the maid is beaten to death by the title character - and in lots of horror films and thrillers.

I think Max Riemelt is somewhat uncharismatic as the mentally ill teacher Andi. I liked Terence Stamp better.

So to me this film was a re-cycling of old stuff. It did not present an improvement to the previous films with similar plots.

Reviewed by david-rector-85092 8 / 10

Brilliant direction, but no real point to the story.

I love Cate Shortland's previous films: Somersault and Lore. I really like how the director evokes mood and stages her sequences, but this at times brutal film has little point. Girl is trapped. Girl does everything she can to survive. Nearly 2 hours of watching Teresa Palmer endure her captivity in 'Berlin Syndrome' was pretty gruelling. I don't see or feel a journey as I did with the female protagonists in Cate's earlier work.

There is such talent in front of and behind the camera here, but it feels like a step backwards. I get there must be an audience for this type of content, and I rate it still pretty highly because of my respect for the director, but it isn't a patch on her first 2.

Reviewed by Harrison Tweed (Top Dawg) 6 / 10

Fifty Shades of Stockholm Syndrome

So what we have here, is Fifty Shades of Stockholm Syndrome (Google it if you're unsure what that is, the film will make more sense knowing the definition).

Right off the top, waaaay too slowly paced. I get it, it needed to be a little slow, but not 2 hours (that felt like 3) of slow. Had I watched this film at least 1.25x faster speed, and edited properly, it would have been more enjoyable, and shorter.

The directing was OK, the writing needed tweaking (e.g. the ending was too stale for all that tension that was built up) but the cinematography was on point.

The best part of this film was Teresa Palmer in her role... she aced it. Very convincing and played her emotional roller-coaster well. Max Riemelt was stale and I felt his role should have been cast better or he shouldn't have been as 'flat' as he was. The director needed to direct his role better as he was unconvincing.

The screenplay (combined in part with the score) was the only other positive attribute of this film. The tension was constant, and just when you relaxed, it got built up again.

There were however many plot holes - specifically the amount of defensive weapons available for escaping, such as the heavy pots on the stove, glass from any of the two broken windows that she could have hid pieces and slit his throat while he was sleeping etc... and unnecessary sub-plots (e.g. his dad, the parts when other women touched him and he portrayed a germaphobe).

A few ill-informed reviewers stated it was an independent film, of which it was not. Having production companies left right and center backing it such as: Aquarius Films, DDP Studios, Entertainment One, Film Victoria, Fulcrum Media Finance, Memento Films International, Photoplay Film, Screen Australia, and distributed by Entertainment One, Curzon Artificial Eye, Vertical Entertainment and Netflix... it's clearly not an independent film. For a B-type film with that type of backing, it needed to be much better in my opinion.

So rating it as a B-type film, it's a generous 6/10 from me.

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