Alone in Berlin

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Released 2016

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Director:
Vincent Perez
Released:
2016
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Not rated
How did an ordinary, middle-aged couple become a symbol of defiance against Nazi brutality? This true-life tale of courage unfolds against the tumultuous backdrop of Berlin in 1940. Otto and Anna Quangel (Brendan Gleeson & Emma Thompson) are a working class husband and wife doing their best to ride out the war. When their son is killed fighting on the frontlines, however, everything changes. They begin pouring their rage and grief into postcards emblazoned with anti-Nazi slogans, risking everything to disseminate their messages of protest across the city. But this seemingly small act of subversion rattles the regime, including a police inspector (Daniel Brühl) who will not rest until the culprits have been caught. Based on the bestselling novel Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada, Alone in Berlin is both a gripping thriller and a stirring ode to resistance.

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Village Voice Abbey Bender

    While not the most formally adventurous or action-packed picture, it is a film of compelling urgency.

  • 50

    The A.V. Club Mike D

    A lump in the throat inspired by real-life heroism is all that this dour, monotonous drama has to offer. Indeed, it's easy to guess that the story is fact-based—it's far too blah...

  • 25

    Slant Magazine Keith Watson

    The film attempts a tone of tragic understatement that registers instead as flat, plodding, and underfelt.

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Drama, Suspense