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Berlin Syndrome (2017)

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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.

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Cast

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Erich Werner
Emma Bading ...
Franka Hummels
Elmira Bahrami ...
Jana
Christoph Franken ...
Peter
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Elodie Zadikan
Nassim Avat ...
Aaron Hurwitz
Malin Steffen ...
Swedish Girl
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Billy Dharma
Morgane Ferru ...
Jesie Lamarque
Lara Marie Müller ...
Silke
Elias Esser ...
Boy 1
Claude Heinrich ...
Boy 2
Nadine Peschel ...
Mother
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Storyline

While holidaying in Berlin, Australian photojournalist Clare meets Andi, a charismatic local man, and there is an instant attraction between them. A night of passion ensues. But what initially appears to be the start of a romance suddenly takes an unexpected and sinister turn when Clare wakes the following morning to discover Andi has left for work and locked her in his apartment. An easy mistake to make, of course, except Andi has no intention of letting her go again. Ever.

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Rated R for disturbing violent content, strong sexuality, nudity and some language | See all certifications »

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26 May 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Síndrome de Berlin  »

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$28,660
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The apartment that Clare is trapped in is based on a real one, in the Prenzlauer Berg neighbourhood of Berlin. Director Cate Shortland: "It was a 50- or 60-apartment building with [only] about eight apartments occupied. But all of our young people are flocking there. It's kind of a beautiful idea, wanting to get out and explore, and hoping the artistic and cultural dynamic of the city will rub off on you. It's a place with a lot of community feeling, but in winter it's also an incredibly monstrous, grey, miserable place." [The Guardian. June 2017] See more »

Goofs

It is improbable for Andi to liberate his impaled hand from a screwdriver without any sharp edge the way he did. See more »

Quotes

Andi: What would be the worst thing I could ever do to you? Don't worry... I would never do it. We are a team.
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Soundtracks

Gokyuzu (bio-mix)
Written by Özlem Ylmaz & Pat Jabbar
Performed by Kasbah Rockers feat. Özlem
Courtesy of Barraka El Farnatshi Prod.
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An utter waste of time.
30 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

Oh dear. We've seen so many versions of this film before. It's depressing to think of the amount of time and money spent on this. So many dutiful and professional crew members, a lot of talented and intelligent people, and several million dollars all went swirling down the drain for a semi interesting but in the end, pointless and depressing story. What are we supposed to feel when leaving the theatre? If it's a little annoyed, pretty frustrated, and thoroughly depressed, then hats off - job well done. I fail to understand how films like this get made and so many gifted people waste so much time and effort making them. Is it so awful to aim to make a commercial film that a majority of audiences will enjoy? Is that so terrible? With so much wonderful material available to film production companies and talented directors and actors, why is it that depressing and predictable stories like this get made so often. Oh dear.


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