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Movie Review – Transit (2018)

Transit, 2018.

Written and Directed by Christian Petzold.

Starring Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer, Godehard Giese, Lilien Batman, Barbara Auer, Matthias Brandt, and Sebastian Hülk.

Synopsis:

In an attempt to flee Nazi-occupied France, Georg assumes the identity of a dead author but soon finds himself stuck in Marseilles, where he falls in love with Maria, a young woman searching for her missing husband.

Take whatever stuffy period piece mental image entered your mind upon reading the above synopsis for Transit and remove it. Written and directed by revered award-winning German auteur Christian Petzold (adapting the novel from Anna Seghers), the narrative here is immediately anachronistic; yes, there are refugees and the Nazis are invading Paris and it’s clear that we are in World War II, but the wardrobes, military weaponry, vehicles, dialect, and set design are all clearly a fusion of different decades post-war but nowhere near modern. More importantly,

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