Berlin Syndrome (2017)
Critic Consensus: Berlin Syndrome offers thriller fans an uncommonly well-written descent into dangerous obsession, enlivened by taut direction and a committed performance from Teresa Palmer.
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No one who sees Shortland's movie will be minded to inflict it on their friends, or much thanked if they do.
Shortland delves into the knotty complexity of the co-dependent relationship between captor and captive.
While there are a few plot holes, Palmer and Riemelt sustain the tense arthouse thriller.
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Slow but decent. I had a false start with this one where I found it too plodding and switched it off, but I attempted to watch it again and I did find it quite good once the story gets going. It could certainly put you off traveling alone and trusting anyone you meet, that's for sure. It's not an overly talky movie, so there is a lot unsaid and a lot left to the viewers interpretation.
This film has a very distinct visual style and if you aren't into slow burning melodrama thrillers, this film won't do much for you. I had expected this film would be similar to the novel You and the sequel Hidden Bodies but it takes a more serious and very dark route. These films can fall into the too grim to be entertaining but this is a very different and unique film, very believable characters. The film became something very unexpected but very interesting at the same time, I think this style along with some humour could draw in a larger crowd. The film will draw mixed reviews but for any film enthusiast, this is great cinema. 06-09-2017.
It can be tense and disturbing at times, even though it feels a bit too familiar (like a mix of Fear and Misery) and moves too slow for such a predictable type of movie, not managing that well to be entertaining as a thriller and being rather dull and unpleasant to watch.
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