Berlin Syndrome

Some crimes are incomprehensible and the audience suspends judgement on how they are presented, are they “real” or not, could they “really happen.” I took issue with a few of those scenes but overall this movie scared the hell out of me.

R | 1h 56min | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 26 May 2017 (USA)

A passionate holiday romance leads to an obsessive relationship, when an Australian photojournalist wakes one morning in a Berlin apartment and is unable to leave.
Director: Cate Shortland
Writers: Shaun Grant (screenplay), Melanie Joosten (novel) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt, Matthias Habich

This director has worked a lot in her career. Unfortunately I am unfamiliar with most the titles. It is interesting this film has a female director as it is an abduction story. In other words, we aren’t getting what a guy writer would think it was like but rather a female putting her head inside the script.

The acting is good. I think the fear was not overplayed. At the same time, I found it hard to believe the victim never thought about grabbing something in the apartment to aid her escape. Most abductors tend to put the victim in a plain empty room. This one brought her right into his living space. It could be psychological chains, I get that. Still, it seemed out of place. It started out better than the middle and end where it dragged on and the ending was not satisfying.


Published by Damien Riley

I post film reviews both written & audio. I'm a writer & podcaster, BA/MA English from Cal State Fullerton. Based in: Victorville, CA, USA My film review site is

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