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Alone in Berlin (2016)

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After a Nazi German working class couple loses their son in World War II, they decide to retaliate by secretly leafletting handwritten cards in Berlin denouncing their government.

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Vincent Perez

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Achim von Borries (screenplay), Vincent Perez (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Emma Thompson ... Anna Quangel
Brendan Gleeson ... Otto Quangel
Daniel Brühl ... Escherich
Louis Hofmann ... Hans Quangel
Mikael Persbrandt ... SS Officer Prall
Katharina Schüttler ... Claire Gehrich
Godehard Giese ... Colonel Krüger
Jacob Matschenz ... Dietrich Necker
Uwe Preuss ... Persicke
Lars Rudolph ... Enno Kluge
Daniel Sträßer Daniel Sträßer ... Zott (as Daniel Strässer)
Rafael Gareisen ... Herbert Wegner
Joshua Grothe ... August Persicke
Rainer Reiners ... Salesman Franz Kanz
Hildegard Schroedter ... Ida Kuhn
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Storyline

In 1940, German soldier Hans Quangel is killed in action during the French campaign. His parents, Otto and Anna, are devastated by the loss and their bereavement is unmollified by the joyful hysteria at Germany's victory. Deciding that Fuhrer Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime are responsible for this tragedy and much more, Otto cannot stand by any longer. As such, Otto begins to create handwritten cards denouncing the regime's abuses and lies, which he secretly deposits throughout Berlin while a disillusioned Anna insists on helping him. As the subversive cards pile up over the years, police detective Escherich is tasked to track down the leafleteer while being pressured by his increasingly impatient SS superior for an arrest for this "treason," regardless of actual guilt. As the stakes rise even as Nazi Germany's day of reckoning approaches, Otto and Anna are determined to spread the truth regardless of the odds even as their opposition awaits the fatal mistake that could doom them. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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The truth was their resistance. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief violence | See all certifications »

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UK | France | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alone in Berlin See more »

Filming Locations:

Görlitz, Saxony, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,869, 15 January 2017

Gross USA:

$33,125

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,205,598
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Vincent Perez's family lived through the horrors of WWII. His grandfather was shot by fascists in Spain. His great uncle was murdered by the Nazis in a gas chamber. Another uncle died fighting on the Russian front. See more »

Quotes

Otto Quangel: What more can a man donate than his child?
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Version of Everyone Dies in His Own Company (1976) See more »

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Great acting
2 February 2017 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film tells the story of a German middle aged couple, who lost their only son in the second world war. They start a postcard writing campaign, and leave anti government messages all around Berlin.

"Alone in Berlin" shows two seemingly insignificant individuals who risk their lives because they believe that they could change the society. The acting is very good, Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson are really wonderful in bringing their characters alive. The brief court room scene is very moving. The ending is very good, as it is an unexpectedly fulfilling ending. I did not see that change coming. I enjoyed watching it.


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