ALONE IN BERLIN

Rating: M
Length: 103 minutes
Genre: Drama
Rating: M 103’ mature themes and violence
Director: Vincent Pérez
Cast: Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Brühl

Based on the international best-seller by Hans Fallada, ALONE IN BERLIN shines the light on two ordinary German people who made an extraordinary impact.
Berlin, 1940. Working class couple Otto and Anna Quangel (Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson) receive the news that their only son has been killed on the battlefield. Already disillusioned with The Führer and The Fatherland, the loss of their son proves the tipping point and Otto begins a campaign of civil disobedience, writing messages on postcards that urge fellow Germans to resist the Nazi regime. Anna soon partners with Otto and together they covertly distribute hundreds of postcards, left in stairwells and mailboxes across the city. At the head of the police force trying to track down the dissenters is Escherich (Daniel Brühl) who faces enormous pressure to find, stop and bring the traitors to justice. Acting alone in their unique attempt to turn the tide on German support for the Third Reich, this unassuming couple’s sacrifice became an important element of the German Resistance.

Reviews:
"It's that juxtaposition -- of the hellish against the ordinary -- which gives the film its punch." Sandra Hall The Age
"When Alone in Berlin reaches the end of its journey, it's the performances of Gleeson and Thompson that ensure we'll never forget the bravery of Otto and Anna." Chicago SunTimes
" ....if you are a politically aware person eager to see how people of conscience dared to throw a monkey-wrench in the Nazi machine." counterpunch.org
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