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  • Starring: Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer, Godehard Giese
  • Director: Christian Petzold
  • Languages: German, French
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 101 min.

Georg, a German refugee (Franz Rogowski), flees to Marseille assuming the identity of a recently deceased writer whose papers he is carrying. There he delves into the delicate and complex culture of the refugee community, becoming enmeshed in the lives of a young mother and son and falling for a mysterious woman named Marie (Paula Beer).

"It is daring, riveting, and the first great movie of 2019. "
- Brian Tallerico,
"Both leads fit their performances seamlessly into this destabilizing scheme, providing a provocative timelessness to the characters. "
- Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail
"The film’s empathy for the unwanted, its frustration at the system, and its uncompromising depiction of people trying to do the right thing when fate clearly has other plans, registers with real power. "
- William Bibbiani, TheWrap
"Transit is a walkabout potobiler that ruminates more often than it feels compelled to run. It’s brutal, stark, dry, compelling, rich, and all the other drastic hyperbole that one can only bestow upon a genre-bending experiment like this one. "
- Blake Goble, Consequence of Sound
"The filmmaking is taut and skillful and Petzold largely succeeds with his double-track gambit: As a nightmarish but somehow comfortingly familiar thriller about fear, persecution, and mistaken identity. It also disturbs as a prophecy of the consequences of Europe's resurgent neo-fascist politics and anti-immigrant politics."
- Liam Lacey, Original-Cin
"Petzold walks the tricky tightrope of being both timeless and timely, the performances (especially those of Rogowski and Beer) are chillingly good, and the ambiguous final shot is damn near perfect. In Transit, the past is prologue… and it’s devastating. "
- Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
"Anyone who appreciates cinema's underrated capacity to confound-to really sabotage our understanding of what's transpiring -will get a rush from the way Petzold constantly shifts the ground underneath our feet."
- A.A. Dowd, AV Club
"This is a film about people who are stuck, not just by the structures that bind them, but by themselves. Transit is a brilliant and timely film that reminds us that we may all be currently in hell, and regret the folly of our lives, but perhaps we have each other."
- Josh Kupecki, Austin Chronicle
"A more threatening embodiment of that idea, of new times that seem like old times, comes to subtly provocative life in Transit, one of the most intriguing films of the new year. Written and directed by German filmmaker Christian Petzold, it’s an audacious reminder that there’s more than one way to adapt a so-called “period” novel for a new era."
- Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune


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