Berlin Syndrome

While on vacation in Berlin, Claire meets a charming of Andy, and between them there is a desire. After a joint walk through the city they spend the night together, but what at first glance seems to start a long novel, suddenly takes a sinister turn.

  • Cate Shortland

Release Date: 2017-05-26
IMDb icon 6.3/10
  • Country: AU
  • Language: English | German | Russian
  • Runtime: 1h:56m
  • Revenue: Cumulative Worldwide $397,788
Dari Ly
14 July 2017 | 09:54

Unsure of yourself and not knowing what to do (although it seems to be she came to photograph the architecture of the GDR), an Australian tourist, Clare (Teresa Palmer) in Berlin met with attractive German school English teacher (and for some reason, physical education) Andy (Max Riemelt). The girl is so inexperienced, confused and also, constrained means that the move begins a relationship that is as fast turn around absolutely not what it expected.

The plot of "Berlin syndrome" is not possess originality, but but opens a wide scope for further development of the story. And here the writers Sean Grant, Kate Shortland (part-time Director) and Melanie Justine its work openly fail.

After a rather sluggish and meaningless exposure, and more or less dynamic development of events in the first part of the movie, the action suddenly stops. The impression is that Kate Shortland she was afraid that took, and, like her character, lost in space movie. The development of the plot of a Thriller uncontested involves the progression of complications, but "Berlin syndrome" in the beginning of jumping over three steps, have 40 minute reaches the point where the climax should not occur because put drama theory, and because the story just has nowhere else to go.

But the climax does not occur. From the writers have not out of paper, and Director — desire to remove, so on the film comes into the phase of "one step forward, two steps back". Relatively tense scenes interspersed with frankly worth the price of admission, but the total voltage drops, the conflict has stalled, and most importantly — lost pace, the film starts to reach that is still valid for the philosophical and contemplative Tarkovsky's films, but already is completely unacceptable for a novel.

Yes, the story itself also lasts not a couple of days, and clear that the human mind is not able to withstand stress in a long time. But, first, for such situations and invented the Assembly, and second, it is much more important in  the"quiet" phase of the conflict should occur large internal work character, which in  the"Berlin syndrome" is not been observed.

The analogy of a film title with the famous Stockholm syndrome, even more evident from the given the plot. It is, between the characters should have some (albeit perverted) a strong sense that will lead the story further. At than the more unexpected this will be feeling the more authors will be tools for seize the audience's attention. However, that there the authors nor planned, there is no "syndrome", they formulated to show was able. The characters just agree with each other one and again, in no way promoting conflict. If it is called "Berlin syndrome", that movie is sure to make not worth it. Brilliant acting would, no, not to save the situation, but at least a little to compensate for the longueurs of plot, but it in the movie either, the actors play well, but nothing more. Direction well and completely helpless, a hodgepodge of scenes, or unrelated to the main storyline is not even confusing and pollutes the consciousness of the viewer.

Not that dramatic side of the line was very very nor the. They need authors to more fully disclose the identity of the antagonist. But some they do their work very in the forehead and that is even more insulting, having received desirable, the authors simply abandon them absolutely not caring to finish.

And personality of the protagonist of the film they and did we neglect that absolutely impermissible, given its position in the plot. Not counting the short stories told by her new friend on the first date, we do anything about her not know, and therefore not understand what internal problem the heroine must overcome in order to change the external circumstances of his life, and where it will take resources to achieve their goal. Not getting this information, we observed lengthy and utterly useless don't even throwing (which would be at least clear), and wandering of the heroine between the random external circumstances in the expectation of them that will change her fate. As it is vital, however, and interesting.

In the end, on the end of the second hour of screen time and character, and the viewer cannot wait for the finale, and not revealing the details of the fate of the first, we can confidently assert that last in this time you can only be happy.

Horatia Cristiano
01 June 2017 | 10:59

This psychosexual drama Thriller Australian Director Kate Shortland, based on the novel Melanie yoosten already walked various festivals (among which, for example Sundance Berlinale) and have received is pretty good, but still restrained criticism. And with this result, it is difficult not to agree, because as turned out, along with the undeniable advantages of "Syndrome" is and significant disadvantages.

The advantages of the tape is necessary to include a very well crafted dark atmosphere, good music from Brioni Marx and the best work of both leading actors. And Teresa Palmer, and Max Riemelt is very authentic in his images, and perhaps many viewers their unique, controversial and original the Duo will be sufficient reason to see this film and appreciate it appreciated.

Of the drawbacks of tape, it is worth noting unreasonably extended the duration and overall slowness. The film would cost to shorten of minute twenty, because after half of the film, the plot begins to falter seriously without any development of the story. Also the script is full of logical inconsistencies and blunders that are visible even to the naked eye.

It's hard to recommend this film to view, as in fully he has failed to deliver on his expectations and, generally speaking, were quite strange and probably boring. Yes, there are pluses, there are some very good moments, resulting in due mainly to the workshop, "smooth" operation. But with this is not to deny the fact that a strong impression on the audience "Syndrome" is not produces the tension keeps unevenly and by leaps and bounds, and is closer to the end is blown off. Directly the violence in the film shows all given only in the midtones, hints and hunches. Therefore a good time to rely not worth it. And in addition to all after viewing on the soul can remain an unpleasant aftertaste.

Berlin syndrome — heavy, sluggish, and psychosexual drama laced with sticky depressing atmosphere of gloom and depression in an asset that enables you to capture very fine acting Palmer and Remelt, good soundtrack and some great cinematography decisions.

6 from 10

Doris Glaab
18 July 2017 | 02:53

It's psychosexual, slow-moving Arthouse melodrama, with dreary and depressing atmosphere, stuck between a dramatic Thriller and trillerny drama, which is not have the courage and the nerve to reveal and realize the potential relations, Kidnapper/ Victim, and enter a new paragraph with understanding the well-known paradox.

The film is an adaptation of the eponymous book Melanie yoosten created for lovers of serious ribbons and is not able ‘to go’ mass audience. And it's depressing, because this is a horrible story can relate to any in a world where the sex-slavery men not tale.

Synopsis: a Young, enthralling photography, autralia Claire (Teresa Palmer) arrives alone in the capital of Germany to find himself and meet the architecture of the GDR (read — Soviet). There she meets an interesting and very charismatic stranger, Andy (Max Riemelt), high school English teacher in the sports school. Between them there is mutual sympathy and desire, which turns into a passionate night with pages fleeting and no nothing binding of the novel.

The next day the girl discovers that went to work lover, ‘accidentally’ locked her in the apartment where reinforced Windows don't open the building is so neglected that there is no no neighbor opening of same window appearance. directed deep into the unwelcoming courtyard. However, the random error is not casual and a young teacher does not going to let her guest ever...

The name of the movie talking and pushes the specific expectations and modified the format is also something going to report.

Briefly let me remind you that for the Syndrome.

Stockholm syndrome — this is the phenomenon of States of mind, when the hostage feels for the thief or the person, threatening with physical violence, sympathy and affection, he can identify with them, sympathize with him and even join him in activities.

This phenomenon is not is the disease, but with venue is the place to be and still long with the time of the first observation at the time of capture of hostages in Stockholm in 1973, a matter of controversy and different interpretations of the causes of its occurrence among specialists.

The syndrome manifests itself in faster people with unstable mentality, when a person is caught in the trouble sets in your mind kind of blocks and tries to understand the motives of a tyrant, forgetting about yourself at the time pulling away from the threat. At least reads was developed by Anna Freud in 1936, the concept of psychological protection of the person in difficult stressful situations, which became the basis for the interpretation of the phenomenon under research.

If you start from the horror of the real incident, then this psycho-paradox becomes a very fertile ground for art.

It is therefore understandable expectation that between the characters encounter some sort of destructive and perverse sense, pushing the story forward and forcing the plot to evolve into something still not strongly run-in.

However, the filmmakers do not to the end coped with responsibility in fact do not been able to fill a shocking wrapper similar content.

This is not a Hollywood film, respectively, there is no high-gloss melodrama genre Arthouse excludes entertainment and the dynamics of the excess blood, and the theme of the Kidnapper/ Victim brings the film in the category of sealed thrillers with focus on a minimum of characters and the inability to expand the geography. Last just desperately requires to show the ambiguity of the relationship of the heroes, with a head dip in the madness of a tyrant and/ or the despair of the victim.

Can't say that the film has successfully passed the crash test. Yeah and the presentation the Syndrome has questions.

In the beginning of the film Claire walks in a non-touristy part of the city, deals with random people who are not affect the plot, but introduce us with the heroine. Then she meets Andy and she willingly goes with him contact. Thus, before us — unsure of his girl, confused and lonely in the deep a large metropolis, seeking someone's warmth. It is the psychological state of the victim is consistent with the theoretical basics of — this is good.

And then her identity, the identity of an important character, almost not open. What is puzzling. How can empathize with anyone if we about his know not understand what internal problems fighting character and see resources for the combat the external aggressor? Without this Foundation, the behavior of the heroine, it seems that aimless and passive, then it is not clear how draws energy in an attempt to escape from prison. It looked vital, but still something enough.

It is possible that hitting the Syndrome is also not simple:

Yes, there was a scene where Claire was particularly interested in Andy, tried to act nice to get approval and not hurt the other. But it not have the feeling of the occurrences of ‘chemistry’ and attraction with her. Almost any doubt that she wants to escape from his captivity. So what the Syndrome? In that she tried not to irritate the captors'? It's not enough...

The second key character — Thief — reveals more, has spelled out the background and communicates with environment. Andy — cute and friendly guy who loves photography (although the distribution of such photographs provides for liability), have no problems with communication. And with Claire, who made the first move, could to develop adequate relations, if not... What? Here then another gap. Or the intrigue...

Why Andy, having the ability to easily have a normal relationship, refuses to them in favor of bullying? Where the hidden origins of his fear of being alone and/ or to be thrown?

The film is not give direct answers, but throws hints. This ambiguous relationship with the father the lack of contact with mother (‘the Oedipus complex’ Freud's grandfather, not otherwise), the format of communication with colleagues, sexual attraction to the student, the behavior of the house where the Andy doesn't behave like a typical invader: not beat just Claire, not starves her, not closes the cell ‘a muzzle’, provided decent conditions of detention, prepares, brings gifts, cares about her. The feeling that he just desperately wants the girl of his loved did not want to leave...

Um, while I was writing, asked interesting, on my opinion, the question: is it is changed the name of paradox, where the object of worship becomes not a thief?..

What for the final, type of the film determines only two options: captive either escapes or not. So intrigue is possible to name only conditional. But then I was able to surprise! Without details — must see.

The film is very good, is shot efficiently and beautifully. Excellent camera work, the European-Soviet atmosphere, some interesting approaches to the presentation of the material. The atmosphere is perfect, it is striking how many of the recorded details in‘prison’.

The actors played people alive in potentially real circumstances and made it is very convincing. They believe.

The main problem of the film is its timing. Two hours. Two hours stringy hermetic Arthouse not everyone can do. If the film is reduced minutes for 25-30, then the picture would be more watchable and tense, got hold of the missing momentum.

To sum up: "Berlin syndrome" — it's scary, sometimes disgusting and a nervous pattern with elegant acting and decent directing.

7 of 10

How long is Berlin Syndrome?
2h 36m
How much has Berlin Syndrome made?
Commercial tv-show fees worldwide today are Cumulative Worldwide $397,788.
Who is the director of the movie Berlin Syndrome?
This tv-show was directed by Cate Shortland.
What is the genre of Berlin Syndrome?
The tv-show belongs to the genres of Drama, Horror, Mystery, Best Horror Movies 2017, Best Mystery Movies 2017, Best Thriller Movies 2017.
Who starred in Berlin Syndrome?
Many famous actors starred in this tv-show, here are the names of the most famous: Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt, Matthias Habich, Emma Bading, Elmira Bahrami.
What is Berlin Syndrome IMDB Ranking?
At the moment, the rating is 6.3.
When was Berlin Syndrome released?
The start date for this tv-show on USA TV is 2017-05-26.