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Saturday, 8 April 2017

Film No. 21 (2017) Berlin Syndrome April 1st.

Film No. 21 (2017) April 1st.  10.45 AM LUNA PALACE, Leederville. 

"Open the door!" (The ironic call from Andi in a concluding scene).

A taut psychological thriller held back by it length, due mainly to repetition syndrome. Director Cate Shortland thrives in another 'couple' film where there is a price to pay for the attraction. Aussie traveler Clare (Teresa Palmer), is alone in Berlin, she falls for local Andi (Max Riemelt) who is not quite what he seems. 'Not quite' is an understatement. Clare's nightmare is our nightmare because of Shortland's atmospheric visuals but a repetitive slow-motion theme crept in. A re-cut taking 20 minutes from the film would have helped. A handsome film with flashes of genius. 8GUMS.   

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