Transit Reviews

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June 30, 2020
So many of the plot points and characterizations that make the film such an absorbing experience would ... fall apart without Petzold's .. control over the destabilizing mood.
June 26, 2020
Christian Petzold's stripped back melodrama takes not the slightest effort to recreate its World War II setting, yet it's all the more politically potent for that fact.
June 22, 2020
In updating the story from World War II to a mysteriously Fascist-occupied present-day Paris, director Christian Petzold transforms Anna Segher's 1942 novel into both a Philip K. Dick-esque 'alternate history' thriller and a Kafkaesque neo-'Casablanca.'
May 29, 2020
Transit is most powerful emotionally during sequences where the main character puts his own grief and confusion on hold to look after a small boy in need of a substitute dad.
January 7, 2020
Phenomenal as an intellectual exercise, a piece of storytelling, a dive into a mysterious, dream-like world, and as a Kafkaesque character drama.
December 20, 2019
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
Once Transit's bitterly ironic vision takes hold, it eats into the mind.
December 20, 2019
An audacious reminder that there's more than one way to adapt a so-called "period" novel for a new era.
December 20, 2019
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
These two actors mesh well together, effortlessly generating a compelling chemistry borne of a shared sense of unease and immediacy.
December 20, 2019
[A] bold adaptation.
December 20, 2019
Lifting the story out of context in this way works in Petzold's favor, as Transit exists as neither a museum piece nor a harrowing depiction of the current refugee crisis, but rather a literary tale of displacement, identity, and seeking.
December 20, 2019
An interesting, if not completely satisfying, drama.
December 20, 2019
Transit captures the tragedy of uncertainty in astonishingly heartbreaking ways.
December 20, 2019
Inhabiting a realm between the past and present, Europe and America, and also cinema and literature, [Petzold's characters] are, in Hannah Arendt's phrase, "living ghosts among the ruins of our times."
December 20, 2019
Playing out as if Michael Curtiz's Casablanca and Michelangelo Antonioni's The Passenger had been re-imagined by Franz Kafka, this adaptation of Anna Seghers's 1942 novel strikingly relocates the action to a millennial Marseilles.
December 19, 2019
[Director Christian] Petzold's best move in Transit is displacing us in time.
December 9, 2019
...it makes the case for Petzold as the decade's most exemplary foreign arthouse auteur.
November 22, 2019
[The narrator] names the feeling they all share at that moment: shame. And we feel it, too. Shame that we still live in a world where a piece of paper can be the difference between life and liberty -- or death.
October 29, 2019
Probably too distanced to be truly felt or emotive, and I'm not sure it has much of an ideological or moral tinge, but it is still distinctive and unusual.
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