Diplomacy (2014)


Critic Consensus: For filmgoers who value character development and smart dialogue over plot, Diplomacy yields rich, powerfully acted rewards.


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As the Allies march toward Paris in the summer of 1944, Hitler gives orders that the French capital should not fall into enemy hands, or if it does, then 'only as a field of rubble'. The person assigned to carry out this barbaric act is Wehrmacht commander of Greater Paris, General Dietrich von Choltitz, who already has mines planted on the Eiffel Tower, in the Louvre and Notre Dame and on the bridges over the Seine. Nothing should be left as a reminder of the city's former glory. However, at dawn on 25 August, Swedish Consul General Raoul Nordling steals into German headquarters through a secret underground tunnel and there starts a tension-filled game of cat and mouse as Nordling tries to persuade Choltitz to abandon his plan . (C) Zeitgeist

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All Critics (48) | Top Critics (19)

Arestrup and Dussollier are mesmerizing as they attack and parry, argue and counterargue. They reminisce about their lives before the war and wax poetic about their families - then engage in battle again.

Dec 12, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A little supporting personality could have made the proceedings feel less like a smartly staged character study and more like a wartime drama.

Dec 4, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Diplomacy will work for those who appreciate dialogue-based character films in which plot is of secondary importance.

Dec 2, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Although we know what happens, Diplomacy keeps up the suspense and pulls off surprises as Choltitz's decision reaches its inevitable ending.

Nov 26, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Its minor thrills come not from not knowing what will happen, but from watching the cagey choreography of two acrobatic minds.

Nov 20, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

If you've had your fill of tony World War II dramas, this probably won't renew your interest in the genre, but the leads are fine as usual and Schlöndorff succeeds in making the stagebound material feel reasonably cinematic.

Nov 13, 2014 | Full Review…

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