Transit (2019)


Critic Consensus: Transit lives up to its title with a challenging drama that captures characters - and puts the audience - in a state of flux and exerts an unsettling pull.

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As fascism spreads, German refugee Georg (Franz Rogowski) flees to Marseille and assumes the identity of the dead writer whose transit papers he is carrying. Living among refugees from around the world, Georg falls for Marie (Paula Beer), a mysterious woman searching for her husband--the man whose identity he has stolen. Adapted from Anna Segher's 1942 novel, TRANSIT transposes the original story to the present, blurring periods to create a timeless exploration of the plight of displaced people.


Critic Reviews for Transit

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (9)

The dreamlike quality to the narrative just adds to the general state of confusion. It's a radical concept and it mostly works.

Nov 8, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

...the characters' very realistic reactions to the increasingly encroaching violence means their stories hit home.

Oct 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Anyone who appreciates cinema's underrated capacity to confound-to really sabotage our understanding of what's transpiring -will get a rush from the way Petzold constantly shifts the ground underneath our feet.

Sep 13, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Petzold commits to the premise's melodrama without relying upon high-key emotion.

Sep 8, 2018 | Full Review…

With Transit, director Christian Petzold creates a Second World War adventure that is not a sentimental costume drama and a contemporary political parable that is not a didactic sermon -- and produces a highly entertaining film into the bargain.

Sep 5, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

More evidence of [Petzold's] confidence and skill as a director.

Feb 22, 2018 | Full Review…

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