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|Laufzeit:||Ca. 111 Min|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
It should be a big adventure for the young Australian Clare (Teresa Palmer): To travel alone through Europe as a backpacker, to get to know other cultures and new people and thus broaden your own horizon. This can only be a great experience. When she meets the charming English teacher Andi (Max Riemelt) in Berlin, the holiday takes an unexpected turn. Between the two there is immediate radio and they spend a passionate night together. When Clare wants to leave the apartment the next day, she realizes that Andi has her locked up. Of course, just an oversight, as he assures her. But it soon turns out that Andi is lying and that he doesn't intend to let Clare go again. A nightmare begins for the young woman from which there seems to be no escape…
"Berlin Syndrome" leaves mixed feelings behind. On the one hand, director Cate Shortland manages very well to build up an extremely authentic atmosphere. By taking plenty of time to introduce Clare, to trace the lifestyle of young backpackers and to draw a very engaging picture of Berlin, she is able to make the stark change in mood of the story extremely effective. The only problem is that even then she still relies on a rather slow narrative style. This is sometimes very intense, but in some moments it can also lead to unnecessary lengths, which can slow down the sometimes nerve-racking tension again and again.
That makes for some lengths and that the film can't quite leave the powerful impression that some scenes create. Apart from that, "Berlin Syndrome" is a really good and exciting psycho-thriller. Max Riemelt plays the outwardly very charming, but inwardly completely disturbed psychopath frighteningly well. Teresa Palmer also delivers a very intense performance. Her play and direction ensure that Clare never degenerates into a clichéd character. She's neither a weak victim, nor an overstyled fighter. Rather, she is a young woman who, in a desperate and hopeless situation, sometimes seems to surrender to her fate, only to take every opportunity to fight for her freedom.
The horror that arises here primarily takes place on a psychological level. But every now and then there are also some bloody moments, which come unexpectedly and therefore extremely effective. In short: despite the very quiet first act, which rather suggests a great romance, "Berlin Syndrome" is not for the faint hearted. A well done genre contribution with small weaknesses, that don't change the conclusion, though. Because that is quite clearly: Worth seeing!!
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