Christian Petzold (2018)

12A Certificate


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Playing out as if Michael Curtiz's Casablanca and Michelangelo Antonioni's The Passenger had been re-imagined by Franz Kafka, this adaptation of Anna Seghers's 1942 novel strikingly relocates the action to a millennial Marseilles deprived of its modernist trappings. It sees the Jewish Georg (Franz Rogowski) fleeing a fascist-occupied Paris and assuming the identity of a Communist author who has secured exit papers to Mexico for himself and his wife. However, Marie (Paula Beer) has no idea that her husband has committed suicide, and she is too preoccupied with a refugee doctor (Godehard Giese) to realise something isn't right. Evocatively designed by KD Gruber and photographed by Hans Fromm to draw comparisons between the Holocaust and the ongoing modern migrant crisis, this drama from director Christian Petzold is an audacious yet curiously insouciant bid to condemn the tide of right-wing sentiment in Europe and elsewhere. Trapped in a bureaucratic limbo, Georg's fate is almost an irrelevance. What matters is that the viewer appreciates the parallels.

Cast & Crew

Georg Franz Rogowski
Marie Paula Beer
Richard Godehard Giese
Driss Lilien Batman
Melissa Maryam Zaree
Director Christian Petzold
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Language: German, French +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Curzon Artificial EyeReleased on: 16 Aug 2019