Transit Reviews

December 20, 2019
For a film based around a lie, Transit has a strong narrative foundation, however, the indistinguishable time period, along with other questionable directorial choices, play too melodramatic to be memorable.
August 19, 2019
This may be based on a 1944 wartime novel but director-adapter Christian Petzold has shifted it to an alternate version of the present day to initially intriguing effect... The time-shift muddies everything though.
August 14, 2019
Atmospherically the film resembles Camus's The Plague without Camus: stasis and rumination in a sun-bleached Mediterranean port.
August 9, 2019
If the minimalism of Robert Bresson and the hopeless romance of 'Casablanca' are touchpoints, they echo only faintly.
May 24, 2019
By simply transposing Seghers' tale to the modern day, these characters get lost in the muddle of narratives, caught somewhere between the memories of the past and the fears of the future.
March 14, 2019
Transit could have been a comedy that Camus might appreciate...The movie haunts, but more in theory than in fact.
March 13, 2019
Petzold's Casablanca-meets-Kafka exercise is a world-weary cliché.
September 11, 2018
The stultifying voiceover meant to nuance Georg's actions is only more evidence of Petzold's navel-gazing; and although it remains a nostalgic treat, his classical visual sense fails to organize the unruly material.
February 20, 2018
Be prepared to be challenged by the glittering, allusive and often bewitching "Transit," but also to be frustrated.
February 19, 2018
If only it weren't such a cryptic and heavy slog.