Australian writer and director Cate Shortland’s newest movie, Berlin Syndrome, is based on a novel by the same name written by Melanie Joosten. The movie tells the story of an abduction in the city of Berlin. The psychological-horror thriller stars’ actors Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt and Matthias Habich.
The trailer for the Berlin Syndrome unravels the plot in an eerie and anguish ridden manner. What appears to be a romantic plot at the outset soon makes way to reveal the deeply suspenseful story. We see a character called Clare (Teresa Palmer) who’s a young Australian photographer and tourist in the city of Berlin looking for some adventure. She encounters a man on the streets by the name of Andi (Max Riemelt), who’s a charismatic local English teacher. Clare shares an instant attraction and connect with the man and sparks begin to fly.
The crackling connection between the two turns into a night of passion and inadvertently Clare lands up at Andi’s apartment. The plot twist takes place when Clare wakes up in the morning to find herself locked in his apartment with no means of getting out. When he returns at night he appears to be distant and cold and Clare slowly realises that Andi has no intensions of letting her go. She also stumbles upon an album full of Polaroids that suggests in no subtle terms that she might not be Andi’s first victim.
Berlin Syndrome does have a hipsterish flourish about it as the treatment to the plot is demure. It plays upon the dynamics of power and control between a captor and a captive. From the looks of the trailer the movie seems to have achieved a sort of claustrophobic and walls-caving-in kind of a feel that a menacing movie about abduction should have.
Source – Roger Ebert
The movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and received rave reviews. Netflix has acquired the distribution rights for the movie to be showcased in the UK, US and Australia.
In preparation for the movie, the lead actors stayed together in a small apartment similar to the one on set before filming. The film was shot extensively in Berlin as well as Australia. All in all, Berlin Syndrome tries to go beyond telling a cautionary tale. It is yet to be seen if the movie would really be engrossing and nerve wracking for audiences. Berlin Syndrome comes to theatres on the 14th of September.