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Berlin Syndrome (2017)

Published in B
Tuesday, 08 August 2017 00:09
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong themes, violence and sex scenes.

  • The pitch

    Aussie Stockholm in Berlin.

  • Starring

    Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt, Matthias Habich, Emma Bading, Elmira Bahrami, Christoph Franken, Lucie Aron

  • Directed by

    Cate Shortland

  • Running time

    116 minutes

  • Rated

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are kidnapped, forced into boot/trunk of car, pushed, hit, slapped, held on floor, dragged by hair, stabbed in hand with screwdriver, trapped in flat, near-hit by car, threatened with death by axe, beaten to death with crowbar, thrown onto bed and tied by hands and feet, burned (hand on stove). Controlling behaviour (writing 'mine' on shoulder/photographing woman without her permission/posing woman for photographs/washing woman in shower/threatened with killing or kidnapping other people - including children - if woman raises alarm/grooming hair and nails/blaming/shaming). Choking demonstration (man's hand around woman's throat). Objects thrown at window to smash glass, chair slapped out of hands, breaking door open. Smashing bottles heard off-screen. Person left without electricity, food and water to freeze/starve. Blood/gore: Parent found dead on couch; body groomed. Body disposal (burning in industrial bin). Blood on hands/clothes/face; blood spatter, mopping up blood, blood dripping on floor from bag of meat. Broken bloody fingers seen then re-broken to reset. Hole in hand; wound bandaged/bandaged hand. Cuts, bruising, ligature marks on ankles, blistering from burn. Child crying from broken leg. Reference to having 12 stitches, mention of infection, implied urination/defecation. Animal skulls on wall.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Sex scenes (explicit), implied sex scenes, oral sex. Kissing, flirting, handholding, caressing faces and bodies, playing with hair. Woman thrusting/gyrating. A teacher watches student with sexual interest then blames them for provocation ("you made a spectacle of yourself"). A woman is accused of throwing herself at men. Artwork of entwined couples. Nudity: Nude female (rear/side views), exposed breasts, shirtless man, nude buttocks (male and female). Woman pulling on underwear under towel. Couple undressing one another, woman in bra/lingerie. A man forces a woman to pose in lingerie. Students in tight gym clothes.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, beer, wine). Smoking (cigarettes).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words. Religious references. Misogynist behaviour (man washing area where woman touched him, anger at woman for using his coffee mug).

  • THEMES

    Kidnapping, sexual abuse, one-night stands, Stockholm Syndrome, foreign travel, backpacking, victimisation, recklessness, regret, photography, art.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead father. Urination/defecation implied (wetness on plastic sheet kept under restrained victim). Power blackout. Creepy abandoned houses. Dog barking at gate (jump scare). Reference to separated parents. Subtitles. Based on the novel Berlin Syndrome by Melanie Joosten.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Psychological, complex, satifsying, taut, effective, patient, rewarding, kinky, elegant, intense, arresting, harrowing, creepy, small, queasy, dark. Daring/low-key/bold/underplayed/courageous/passive/cool/constrained/honest/brave/mesmerising/miraculous performance by Teresa Palmer, menacing/clenched performance by Max Riemelt, first-rate/dazzling cinematography, inventive/selective/unsettling score, careful production design, aloof tone, nerve-shredding tension, well-earned scares, brutal/bloody violence, steamy sex scenes, slinky/insidious rhythm, pristine tech credits.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Over-inflated running time, unlikely/hasty ending, feels manipulative at times, ineffective attempt at providing backstory for Andi.

Lore

Published in L
Friday, 07 June 2013 06:12
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong themes and infrequent violence.

  • The pitch

    A dep-lore-able period of history.

  • Starring

    Saskia Rosendahl, Ursina Ladi, Nele Trebs, Hans-Jochen Wagner, Nick Holaschke, André Frid, Mika Seidel, Sven Pippig, Philip Wiegratz, Katrin Pollitt, Hendrik Arnst, Kai-Peter Malina

  • Directed by

    Cate Shortland

  • Running time

    109 minutes

  • Rated

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    An animal is shot (off-camera). Children are shot, shot at. Pictures of body pits containing hundreds of corpses, body pits discussed. A woman is raped, a baby is held underwater, a man's head is crushed with a rock, belongings are removed from corpses, uniformed soldiers carry guns. People are slapped, objects smashed. Killing children, torturing children, drowned child, stealing, shooting from behind, sabotage, looting, punishment by death, bombings mentioned.  Blood/gore: Bloody injuries, bleeding on legs, scratches, bruising. Bloody corpse with tied limbs, covered in ants. Bed-bug sores. Corpse with suicide injury (gunshot). Corpse with severe head injury and pooling blood. Corpses with decaying and bloodied flesh.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Women are fondled/groped. Rape seen and implied. Kissing. A young man makes frequent sexual advances toward a teen girl. A girl places a man's hand up her skirt. A man pressures a teen girl for sexual favours, she begins to undress. Nudity: Frequent bathing. Naked girl at window (no genitals seen). Nude woman wearing a bra. Nightwear. Women wash in a bath-house (breasts seen). Shirtless man.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Smoking (cigarettes, cigar).

  • LANGUAGE

    S-word, p*ss. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations. Antisemitism.

  • THEMES

    Nazi Germany, The Holocaust, atrocities, survival, hunger, desperation, bartering, occupied forces, abandonment, prejudice, liberation, siblings, lies, propaganda, patriotism, murder, grief.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    A father is sent to a prison camp, mother abandons her children. Distressed children and baby. Swastikas, Hitler, burnt photographs, photos belonging to a deceased person, burning documents, destroying evidence, selling silverware and jewellery, checkpoint.  Deceased aunty, drowned child mentioned. Cows, dog, snail, bees, turtle, chickens, fish, eels, lamb, crab, sheep, flock of birds. Bonfire, wet-nursing, urination. German language (subtitled), brief Polish language. Based on The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Brave, emotional, gripping, remarkable, absorbing, unflinching. Beautifully photographed, exquisite cast and acting.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Over-directed, precious.