Beyond Words (2017)

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Michael and his boss and best friend Franz feel at home in Berlin's hip restaurants, bars and clubs. There is seemingly no difference between them, but Michael, who emigrated from Poland after the death of his mother several years ago, still pays extra attention to his accent. Michael is thrown into turmoil when a run-down Polish bohemian shows up on his doorstep and claims to be his father. Father and son, two complete strangers spend an weekend together, torn between empathy, rejection and mistrust. As Michael's roots catch up with him, a painful crisis seems inevitable....

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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Antoniak's spare script doesn't probe too deeply into his ruptured psyche, meaning much of "Beyond Words" falls in a curious tonal middle ground between earnest and ersatz.

Sep 28, 2017 | Full Review…
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Uncomfortable in its lack of sensitivity, the awkward story never reaches the heights of the film's visual elegance.

Jul 19, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

... its intended coldness is a deterrent. [Full review in Spanish]

Oct 11, 2017 | Rating: 60/100 | Full Review…

Beyond Words proves a nuanced drama about what it means to exist in a world that finds itself so connected and yet further apart than ever before.

Sep 11, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Antoniak's compositions are as studied and elegant as her protagonist, but the dialogue is a little too on the nose for a film that otherwise is suffused with mystery and ambiguity.

Sep 11, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A decidedly interminable mess...

Sep 11, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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