Hitting the Indian Cinemas on 28th July, Berlin Syndrome is a must watch psycho thriller starring
TERESA PALMER and MAX RIEMELT.
After getting rave reviews from critics at its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival, Berlin Syndrome is set to release in India and here are ten solid reasons, you should not miss it for anything!
Definitely a worthy entry into the world of psycho thrillers!Though the concept of the film is not new, it is definitely much more that a generic captor-captive story.
The torture and psychological games will keep you guessing while your nerves almost crack with the building tension of ‘what’s gonna happen next’. But you don't have to take our word for it! Producer Ashwani Sharma was quoted as saying,
"What attracted me the most was that when I saw the movie, even when the film got over, no one moved, no one tried to leave as is the habit commonly.
The film had the audience in a trance! "
TERESA PALMER gives the best performance of her careerThe actress of ‘Lights Out’ and 'Hacksaw Ridge' fame dazzles the audience in every aspect, without once leaving the skin of the softspoken, introverted Claire. The shy excitement of meeting someone in a new city, the ensuing romance and raw passion that Teresa unfolds is bewitching. And she is only getting started! The quick escalation from starry-eyed girl falling in love with a stranger to the silent anguish, rage and resigned acceptance,
Teresa’s performance is enigmatic and something you would not wanna miss!
Girls! Move over Fawaad Khan, its time for MAX RIEMELT!!
The 33 year old German actor is nothing short of "Mr Charming" on-screen. He plays the character of Andi, a sweet high school teacher who, only on the surface, looks like the regular guy next door with his dimpled smile and blue eyes.
His eyes – oh dear lord – they could melt your heart in one second. And the second they get intense, they could plummet you into the deep dark pit of lust! Passion, violence, murder - Max Riemelt’s portrayal of Andi is so calm and matter-of-fact, it chills you to the bone, and steals your heart!
Is this somehow related to Stockholm Syndrome? Glad you asked!
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. When Claire, a starry-eyed photo journalist, meets the charming Andi in Berlin, she falls for him and ends up going back to his place. After a stormy night of passion, morning brings with it the realisation that she is not going anywhere when she finds the windows barred, doors locked with huge heavy bolts!
Over the next few months..
yes you read that right..months,
she oscillates between her desire to flee and her desire for Andi.
Not that we blame her!
I mean look at him!
Hot Sizzling PSYCHO Chemistry!!Well, what do you expect when the victim falls for her captor!
(especially when the captor is Mr stormy Blue Eyes Riemelt here) Whether it is their meet-cute, or their first night where inhibitions melt away like their clothes, or the passive-aggressive love-making later in the movie or..or... I am gonna stop here before I spill some SPOILERS!But seriously! It’s an experience like no other!
Shortland takes a refreshing angle on the female protagonistAll hail the queen of direction - Cate Shortland!
Even shy and timid, Claire is bold, willing to take risks and live her life in her own way. She is not shy about her sexuality and half the thrill is watching her battle with her desire to escape and her fascination with her assailant.
"Cinema has often used female characters as mere victims in service of a plot”, says Christina Newland from The Guardian, “but the Australian director’s new film is a fascinating interrogation of vulnerability and sexual desire."
Australian director’s new film is a fascinating interrogation of
vulnerability and sexual desire
Berlin Syndrome is one of the few movies that do justice to the original book! Though it can not and was not made word to word, screenwriter Shaun Grant adapts it brilliantly well from the original book by Melanie Joosten. And it is Director Cate Shortland’s finest work yet!After her amazing work in Lore and Somersault, The New York Times dubbed Shortland “as a talent to watch” in Berlin Syndrome!
"Berlin Syndrome first hooks the audience with its thrill of new adventure and sizzling sexual chemistry, which then slowly gets replaced by fear and dread when you realise that this little passionate adventure is quickly turning into horror.
You are constantly at the edge!”
You will finally understand what your mom meant when she said – 'Stranger Danger' and take it damn seriously!As the producer rightly points out,
"The experience of going solo to a new city and then encountering something like this, I think it is very relatable for the Indian audience. Since Indians are traveling across borders, they should be aware.
It could happen to anyone!"
Duly Noted! Gonna run screaming "stranger danger" next time I meet someone on a trip! No exception!
For those who love sitting at the edge of their seat through the movie. Think this a complete paisa vasool, people!
The film is a total package with its first grade cinematography by award winning cinematographer GERMAIN MCMICKING, a very unsettling, electronic score by BYRONY MARKS and killer performances by the actors TERESA PALMER and MAX RIEMELT.
Hey! No one buys a ticket to just sit comfortably.
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