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Berlin Syndrome (2017)

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Critic Consensus: Berlin Syndrome offers thriller fans an uncommonly well-written descent into dangerous obsession, enlivened by taut direction and a committed performance from Teresa Palmer.

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While holidaying in Berlin, Australian photographer, Clare, meets Andi, a charismatic local man and there is an instant attraction between them. A night of passion ensues. But what initially appears to be the start of a romance, takes an unexpected and sinister turn when Clare wakes the following morning to discover Andi has left for work and locked her in his apartment. An easy mistake to make, of course, except Andi has no intention of letting her go again. Ever.

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Cast

Emma Bading
as Franka Hummels
Lucie Aron
as Elodie Zadikan

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Critic Reviews for Berlin Syndrome

All Critics (79) | Top Critics (13)

The final showdown left me in a cold sweat.

June 5, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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[Shortland] is expert and building a sense of dread and suspense while Palmer delivers a persuasive performance as a woman who has to summon the strength that she didn't know she had in order to escape.

May 31, 2017 | Rating: 3/5

Australian director Cate Shortland creates a dreamlike sense of place within a nightmare scenario with this taut and strongly acted thriller.

May 26, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A nasty piece of business tarted up with a stylish, high-gloss veneer.

May 26, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…

The movie identifies Ms. Shortland as a talent to watch. And it should constitute some kind of breakthrough for Ms. Palmer, who has not been given much of interest to do since she arrived in Hollywood a little over a decade ago.

May 25, 2017 | Full Review…

Berlin Syndrome might look on the surface like a polished B-movie, a crafty and violent tale of a woman in captivity; but it's also the rare psychological thriller that feels not just taut and gripping, but genuinely exploratory.

May 25, 2017 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Berlin Syndrome

½

Slow but decent. I had a false start with this one where I found it too plodding and switched it off, but I attempted to watch it again and I did find it quite good once the story gets going. It could certainly put you off traveling alone and trusting anyone you meet, that's for sure. It's not an overly talky movie, so there is a lot unsaid and a lot left to the viewers interpretation.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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½

This film has a very distinct visual style and if you aren't into slow burning melodrama thrillers, this film won't do much for you. I had expected this film would be similar to the novel You and the sequel Hidden Bodies but it takes a more serious and very dark route. These films can fall into the too grim to be entertaining but this is a very different and unique film, very believable characters. The film became something very unexpected but very interesting at the same time, I think this style along with some humour could draw in a larger crowd. The film will draw mixed reviews but for any film enthusiast, this is great cinema. 06-09-2017.

Brendan Nicholls
Brendan Nicholls

Super Reviewer

½

It can be tense and disturbing at times, even though it feels a bit too familiar (like a mix of Fear and Misery) and moves too slow for such a predictable type of movie, not managing that well to be entertaining as a thriller and being rather dull and unpleasant to watch.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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