Transit

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Transit

All Critics (169) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (159) | Rotten (10)

  • Phenomenal as an intellectual exercise, a piece of storytelling, a dive into a mysterious, dream-like world, and as a Kafkaesque character drama.

    January 7, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Transit is a thrilling and unsettling film that tangibly recreates a nightmare of displacement and uncertainty, but in such a way that could appeal to a broader audience.

    December 20, 2019 | Rating: 84/100 | Full Review…
  • Once Transit's bitterly ironic vision takes hold, it eats into the mind.

    December 20, 2019 | Full Review…
  • An audacious reminder that there's more than one way to adapt a so-called "period" novel for a new era.

    December 20, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Christian Petzold's white-hot existentialist noir Transit is perhaps the best World War II film since Paul Verhoeven's Black Book, even if it hinges on a suspension of disbelief that'll be too far a stretch for some.

    December 20, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • These two actors mesh well together, effortlessly generating a compelling chemistry borne of a shared sense of unease and immediacy.

    December 20, 2019 | Full Review…

    Peg Aloi

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  • Oct 01, 2019
    "Casablanca" minus the romanticism and 40s Noir style (or much of anything period actually). Few directors could pull off this kind of timeless evocation of the past, but Petzold correctly sees history as alive and knows how disturbingly close we always are to repeating it.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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