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|Laufzeit:||Ca. 102 Min|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
The German troops are advancing more and more and are now already in front of Paris. For Georg (Franz Rogowski), a German refugee, this means that he absolutely has to leave the city. Shortly before his departure for Marseille, he takes the papers and records of the writer Weidel, who took his own life in a Paris hotel for fear of the occupying forces. Arrived in Marseille, he tries to get a transit visa to Mexico. For this he assumes the identity of Weidel, who already had the necessary papers. It actually seems that Georg can start a new life in a few days. But then he meets the mysterious Marie (Paula Beer) and falls in love with the young woman - and thus everything changes…
For the free adaptation of the novel "Transit" by Anna Seghers published in the 1940s, director Christian Petzold has come up with an interesting and very effective stylistic device: He keeps the basic structure of the book, but lets the story play in the present. This seems a bit strange in the first moments, but it's just because of the fact that the distance to the viewer, which is automatically built up by clothes or equipment, is completely omitted. One sees here a world that is familiar to one, but which nevertheless seems strange and threatening. This creates a particularly oppressive atmosphere that is difficult to escape.
Even in the many quiet moments that take place in the very idyllic Marseille and which are marked by many bright, hopeful colours, there is always a threatening shadow over the events. Petzold manages very well, especially in the first half of the old story, to lend topical relevance through this narrative style. Of course there are clear references to the current refugee crisis. But the film is far more than just an image of this global problem. It's also a very intimate, personal film about a man who is driven by a desire for his own survival to a lie with which he has to struggle more and more.
"Transit" is an exciting film in many respects, but also a difficult one. You don't only have to get involved with the modern setting, but also with the pacing and some artificial-sounding dialogues in order to enjoy the movie and recognize its meaning. Anyone who likes to take on such challenges and appreciates sophisticated arthouse cinema from Germany can definitely be recommended this work. Worth seeing
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