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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. Read critic reviews

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German soldier Stefan Brandt goes on a mission to investigate exiled German Monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II. 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, one of the Kaiser's maids.

Cast & Crew

Lily James
Mieke de Jong
Jai Courtney
Capt. Stefan Brandt
Christopher Plummer
Kaiser Wilhelm II
Eddie Marsan
Heinrich Himmler
Ben Daniels
Col. Sigurd von Ilsemann
Janet McTeer
Princess Hermine "Hermo" Reuss of Greiz
Simon Burke
Screenwriter
Lou Pitt
Producer
Christian Angermayer
Executive Producer
Claudia Bluemhuber
Executive Producer
Phil Geier
Executive Producer
Bill Haber
Executive Producer
Roman Osin
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  • Dec 08, 2017
    Mismarketed as a spy thriller, The Exception is nothing more than a romance movie, a romance that has certain obstacles to be sure, but most any romance put to screen does. The Exception is well acted, (which may come as a surprise to some people when it comes to Jai Courtney) but oddly made. There are certain presentation choices that seemed very bizarre to me, but not dealbreakingly so.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 09, 2017
    "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.
    Christian C Super Reviewer

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