I don’t often see trailers, but I recently saw a movie with the general public at Cinema Nouveau and the trailer for Alone in Berlin showed. I made a note that I particularly wanted to see this movie.
It is based on a 1947 fictionalised novel of the same name, which in turn was based on the real lives of Otto and Elise Hampel. This war drama is fairly slow, but it unfolds so beautifully, unravelling a love story between a couple whose only son has died in France, fighting for the Nazis. Otto starts writing postcards in 1940 to protest against the Nazi Regime and Adolf Hitler after his Jewish neighbour dies. His wife becomes involved. The police inspector in charge of finding the source of the postcards code names them “Hobgoblin”. In the end the Quangels are caught. Emma Thompson plays the role of Anna Quangel, Brendan Gleeson is Otto Quangel and Daniel Bruhl is Escherich, the police officer.
It is a charming movie about private acts of treason, and sad, but curiously not profoundly moving. It think the latter may have been because of the futility of it all.
I give it 7/10.