Based on the seminal 1947 novel by Hans Fallada, writer/director Vincent Perez’s movie Alone in Berlin is at its most vividly terrifying when its shows us everyday life in a authoritarian state. Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson play Otto an Anna, an ordinary working class couple in Berlin who, at the height of the German war machine’s success in Europe, lose both their only son in battle, and their faith in the Nazi state. Their secretive acts of rebellion seem pointless – they distribute small propaganda messages in strategic public places – and it isn’t long before a determined police investigator (Daniel Brühl in a brilliantly nuanced performance) is on their tail. Their fate may be unsurprising – but their heroism and defiant spirit – both inspiring and so necessary, not pointless at all. You don’t need to be a student of history to appreciate this story. The parallels to today’s perilous times are only too clear. M Available on digital, DVD and Blu-Ray from July 5.
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