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Alone in Berlin is a modest, hard-faced film, offering a nervous study of humanity and civil disobedience in a societal-bullying era.
When Alone in Berlin reaches the end of its journey, it's the performances of Gleeson and Thompson that ensure we'll never forget the bravery of Otto and Anna.
Dignified to the point of absurdity, this fact-based dud never gets off the ground, thanks to director Vincent Perez's failure to create - let alone maintain - any level of suspense.
A well-acted but creaky and curiously bloodless portrait of life during wartime from the Swiss-born actor turned director Vincent Pérez.
The splendid actors ... make up for the weaknesses with performances that radiate strength and integrity.
"Alone in Berlin" proceeds like a train crossing a plain. Without twists or turns, hills or valleys, its dramatic engine chugs reliably forward, delivering its cargo of World War II tragedy with bland efficiency.
With quietly affecting but unambitious performances from Gleeson and Thompson, there's an inescapable gloss of fakery that hangs over the production like the inevitability of death by guillotine.
Director Vincent Perez manages to convey this aura of repression clearly, while the lead actors impart the growing dread of the Quangels, as the risk of detection slowly increases.
It's the supposedly urgent investigation that somehow fails to keep up its momentum.
Daniel Brühl superbly negotiates a delicate balance between sympathy and duty, and Thompson and Gleeson produce warm and believable performances, allowing me to be carried along with their plight - the necessity of free speech to keep the wolves at bay.
Based on a true story, this modest tale of doomed German resistance -- something we don't hear a lot about -- is as powerful as it is insightful and moving.
Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson are fine, and the story has inherent strength, but you never feel you've been transported to wartime Germany, and that loss robs the film of the tense, sickening atmosphere it needs.
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