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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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  • Christian Petzold is a gifted director...but here he mistakes narrative complexity for dramatic rigour. The film didn't need the existential ponderings. The cake was rich enough without the icing.

    Apr 10, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a demanding film, but gives a lot in return.

    Mar 20, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Maybe the place is the point - the story notes that Marseilles is a port city, and "ports are places where stories are told." Stories of survival and escape, but more often, of frustration and heartbreak.

    Mar 15, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Transit could have been a comedy that Camus might appreciate...The movie haunts, but more in theory than in fact.

    Mar 14, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • Christian Petzold's "Transit" is a fascinating paradox: an anti-romantic romance. It may have the surface trappings of a "Casablanca," but it's closer to "Vertigo."

    Mar 11, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • Provocative, even startling, and more edifying than you might expect.

    Mar 8, 2019 | Full Review…

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