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Alone in Berlin (2016)

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After a Nazi German working class couple loses their son in World War II, they decide to retaliate by secretly leafletting handwritten cards in Berlin denouncing their government.

Director:

Vincent Perez

Writers:

Achim von Borries (screenplay), Vincent Perez (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Emma Thompson ... Anna Quangel
Daniel Brühl ... Escherich
Brendan Gleeson ... Otto Quangel
Mikael Persbrandt ... SS Officer Prall
Louis Hofmann ... Hans Quangel
Katharina Schüttler ... Claire Gehrich
Jacob Matschenz Jacob Matschenz ... Dietrich Necker
Uwe Preuss ... Persicke
Godehard Giese ... Colonel Krüger
Rafael Gareisen ... Herbert Wegner
Joshua Grothe ... August Persicke
Lars Rudolph Lars Rudolph ... Enno Kluge
Ernst Stötzner Ernst Stötzner ... Dptm. Head Walter
Rainer Reiners ... Salesman Franz Kanz
Hildegard Schroedter ... Ida Kuhn
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Storyline

In 1940, German soldier Hans Quangel is killed in action during the French campaign. His parents, Otto and Anna, are devastated by the loss and their bereavement is unmollified by the joyful hysteria at Germany's victory. Deciding that Fuhrer Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime are responsible for this tragedy and much more, Otto cannot stand by any longer. As such, Otto begins to create handwritten cards denouncing the regime's abuses and lies, which he secretly deposits throughout Berlin while a disillusioned Anna insists on helping him. As the subversive cards pile up over the years, police detective Escherich is tasked to track down the leafleteer while being pressured by his increasingly impatient SS superior for an arrest for this "treason," regardless of actual guilt. As the stakes rise even as Nazi Germany's day of reckoning approaches, Otto and Anna are determined to spread the truth regardless of the odds even as their opposition awaits the fatal mistake that could doom them. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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The truth was their resistance. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief violence | See all certifications »

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UK | France | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alone in Berlin See more »

Filming Locations:

Görlitz, Saxony, Germany See more »

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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At one point, Otto recalls how he met his wife, and tells her about the time she went with another suitor to a place called "The Chestnut Tree". The film is making reference to George Orwell's novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four." In it, the Chestnut Tree is a cafe where dissidents and critics would supposedly meet. The book is about a totalitarian regime when the main characters are constantly supervised and ultimately caught by secret police after a symbolic act of rebellion, just like Otto and Anna in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Frau Rosenthal: I want to be in the apartment when my husband arrives.
Herr Fromm: He isn't coming back - and you know that, Frau Rosenthal.
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Version of Jeder stirbt für sich allein (1970) See more »

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Eye Opening
26 July 2017 | by steven98664See all my reviews

This is not a happy story. It is story that opens your eyes. We have talked about it a lot since. We felt like it was something that should be seen. I would recommend it for folks curious about that era and that place in time. It seems impossible now, but you know its not. Real life stories like this tell something more for me than the big picture story.


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