A passionate holiday romance takes an unexpected and sinister turn when an Australian photographer wakes one morning in a Berlin apartment and is unable to leave.
While holidaying in Berlin, Australian photographer Clare, who in her quest to reinvent herself as an artist, travels to Berlin and meets Andi, a charismatic local man and there is an instant attraction between them. A night of passion ensues. But what initially appears to be the start of a romance, takes an unexpected and sinister turn when Clare wakes the following morning to discover Andi has left for work and locked her in his apartment. An easy mistake to make, of course, except Andi has no intention of letting her go again. Ever.
This is the short description of psychological thriller “Berlin Syndrome”, from acclaimed Australian writer-director Cate Shortland, starring Teresa Palmer and Max Riemelt, which is set to hit the Indian theaters on July 28.
Based on Melanie Joosten’s book of the same name, Shortland’s film was adapted for screens by Shaun Grant, who also co-wrote Justin Kurzel’s “Snowtown”. The movie is an exploration into the dynamics between two individuals – one who seeks love and other who seeks control. It delves into themes of passion, sex, power, violence, possession and deception.
Receiving rave reviews at its world premiere at Sundance Film festival and critics across Australia and North America, Berlin Syndrome is now ready to be revealed to Indian audience.
The title of the film is inspired by the psychological term “Stockholm Syndrome”, a condition that causes hostages to develop a psychological alliance with their captors as a survival strategy during captivity.
Why you should watch this movie?
Not just because of the interesting subject, but also for the pretty Teresa Palmer and the director Cate Shortland. The movie received fantastic reviews which is another bonus point to definitely book the tickets.
TERESA PALMER – CLARE Teresa Palmer is becoming one of the most globally recognized actresses, bringing her talents to the US and worldwide from Adelaide, Australia. She has starred in many major films including Summit Entertainment’s box office hit WARM BODIES with Nicholas Hoult and John Malkovich, based on the popular novel, as well as Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg’s I AM NUMBER FOUR with Dianna Agron and Alex Pettyfer.
CATE SHORTLAND – DIRECTOR Cate Shortland has a BA in Fine Arts from Sydney University and a Graduate Diploma in Directing from the Australian Film Television and Radio School. She wrote and directed award winning short films PENTUPHOUSE (1998), FLOWER GIRL (2000) and JOY (2000).
Cate speciality is define her characters very strongly which is visible in character of Clare. In words of Cate Shortland – “Clare is obsessed with details. Details end up making her days. She escapes her physical body and becomes her mind to survive. She is fragile and self conscious and becomes strong and resourceful. Nothing is clear-cut with her. Nothing makes sense. As the film progresses she realizes she may die. She also realizes the beauty of what she left behind in Australia: family and the place that created her. She is an extreme version of many of us: rejecting her childhood life and then coming to see the beauty of it. She goes through various stages in the film: fighting to get out, living in fear, and then coming to acceptance. But this acceptance shifts suddenly, when death is shoved in her path. She becomes a fighter in the end.”
As per The New York Times – “The movie identifies Ms. Shortland as a talent to watch.”
Waiting for 28th July to watch this.