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The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss) (2017)

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Critic Consensus: The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss) elegantly blends well-dressed period romance and war drama into a solidly crafted story further elevated by Christopher Plummer's excellent work and the efforts of a talented supporting cast.

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A riveting World War II thriller that is filled with espionage and romance in equal measure, The Exception follows German soldier Stefan Brandt (Jai Courtney) as he goes on a mission to investigate exiled German Monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II (Christopher Plummer). The Kaiser lives in a secluded mansion in The Netherlands, and as Germany is taking over Holland, the country's authorities are concerned that Dutch spies may be watching the Kaiser. As Brandt begins to infiltrate the Kaiser's life in search of clues, he finds himself drawn into an unexpected and passionate romance with Mieke (Lily James), one of the Kaiser's maids whom Brandt soon discovers is secretly Jewish. When Heinrich Himmler (Eddie Marsan), Head of the SS, decides to come for an unexpected visit with a large platoon of Nazis in tow, the stage is set for a breathtaking showdown, as secrets are revealed, allegiances are tested, and Brandt is forced to make the ultimate choice between honoring his country and following his heart.

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Cast

Lily James
as Mieke de Jong
Jai Courtney
as Stefan Brandt
Eddie Marsan
as Heinrich Himmler
Christopher Plummer
as Kaiser Wilhelm II
Janet McTeer
as Princess Hermine
Ben Daniels
as Sigurd von Ilsemann

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Critic Reviews for The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss)

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (13)

For all its late-in-the-game silliness, "The Exception" is a solidly acted, well-told tale about how love of country holds up in the face of other, less nationalistic passions.

June 29, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The stakes are high, with world war on the horizon, but events in this story don't build to anything really big.

June 22, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It's hopeless tosh - but expertly done hopeless tosh.

June 22, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

For the most part it works, both as a bizarre romance and a fanciful World War II almost-thriller.

June 22, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Elegant, well-acted and a good deal sexier than the material might suggest.

June 2, 2017 | Full Review…

Both [James] and Courtney are lovely to look at and suit the costume designer Daniela Ciancio's finely calibrated period outfits.

June 2, 2017 | Full Review…

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"The Exception" lives up to its name: it is exceptional. The acting, costumes, sets and story are all very fine. A quality film doesn't have to have a big budget to be great.

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