Transit Reviews

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October 29, 2019
Probably too distanced to be truly felt or emotive, and I'm not sure it has much of an ideological or moral tinge, but it is still distinctive and unusual.
October 17, 2019
A unique if not entirely successful take on Hitchcockian themes with political undertones. Lead actor Franz Rogowski, potentially the next big thing of European cinema, is wonderful to watch.
September 20, 2019
It's beguiling and kind of a labyrinth of a movie... Very timely.
August 23, 2019
Time and place hold both no and every meaning in Christian Petzold's latest film.
August 19, 2019
This may be based on a 1944 wartime novel but director-adapter Christian Petzold has shifted it to an alternate version of the present day to initially intriguing effect... The time-shift muddies everything though.
August 19, 2019
Petzold's classic European arthouse movie is faintly exasperating but also bewitching.
August 19, 2019
[Christian] Petzold's approach is original enough to continually catch the audience off guard, provoking some difficult conversations. But it never quite grabs hold dramatically.
August 19, 2019
[T]his is a wholly original take on the Holocaust genre.
August 18, 2019
[A] tightly coiled thriller...
August 16, 2019
A stark, unsettling film, with Kafkaesque overtones.
August 16, 2019
It doesn't always click (a scene involving a suicidal dog minder is a bit arch), but the dauntless ambition is never in doubt.
August 15, 2019
An ingenious and bold film.
August 15, 2019
While the voltage of the film starts sputtering out, there's still value to Petzold's ideas, and on a scene-to-scene basis he's capable of back-pocket inspiration like few others.
August 14, 2019
The strangeness of this story will live in your bloodstream like a virus.
August 14, 2019
Atmospherically the film resembles Camus's The Plague without Camus: stasis and rumination in a sun-bleached Mediterranean port.
August 13, 2019
Transit is prescient without being preachy, updating a bleak noir story to the populist authoritarian resurgence and creating something truly uncomfortable.
August 13, 2019
With so many layers to unpack, this one stays with you.
August 12, 2019
The result is an extremely unusual drama, out of time, which captures the terrible limbo in which refugees find themselves, whatever the conflicts that created them.
August 9, 2019
It's a conceptually daring idea - the lack of specificity transforming its displaced protagonist, Georg's futile efforts to leave into a troubling, existential nightmare about the toxic air of paranoia that can't help but accompany any forced exodus.
August 9, 2019
If the minimalism of Robert Bresson and the hopeless romance of 'Casablanca' are touchpoints, they echo only faintly.
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