In Christian Petzold’s (Barbara, Phoenix) haunting modern-day adaptation of Anna Seghers’s 1942 novel, German refugee Georg (Franz Rogowski) flees to Marseille assuming the identity of a recently deceased writer whose papers he is carrying. As troops begin to rapidly advance on Paris, he delves into the delicate and complex culture of the refugee community, becoming tangled in the lives of a young mother and son and falling for a mysterious woman named Marie (Paula Beer). Making use of the uncanny parallels between historical fact and present-day, Transit tells the story of a great love amid escape, exile and a longing for a place to call home.
Why You Should See This Film
Transit is the third film in Christian Petzold's ‘Love in Times of Oppressive Systems’ trilogy following Berlinale Silver Bear-winning Barbara (2012) and the critically lauded Phoenix (2014). Known to be a devoted student of Hollywood genre stylings of film noir and classic thrillers — his 2008 film Jerichow was a remake of The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946). Transit is no less steeped in film history as Petzold adopts and then disrupts the familiar conventions of the mistaken identity melodrama, infusing it with political intrigue and searing tragedy. A moving reflection on the current-day refugee crisis, this beautiful film calls to mind everything from Hitchcock’s Vertigo to the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.
- Year: 2018
- Rating: M
- Director: Christian Petzold
- Cast: Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer
- Duration: 102 minutes
- Language: German with English subtitles