The poignant tale of the Quangel’s, Otto (Brendan Gleeson) and Anna (Emma Thompson), whose grieving transcends to embarking on a treacherous path of resistance. A period drama set in wartime Germany occupied by the Nazi regime, the story itself based on the 'Alone In Berlin' novel by Hans Fallada, which in turn was derived from real life events.
Cemented by the loss of their son, Hans (Louis Hoffman), through an amalgam of anger and grief the middle aged couple begin to rebel against the Nazi authority. They begin distributing anti-Hitler propaganda in public, a capital offence – punishable only by death. The cards themselves promote ideas that Hitler will in turn, kill the peoples own son’s like he had done to them.
Leading the investigation into their crimes is police inspector, Escherich (Daniel Bruhl) who begins pinpointing a city map with locations, where members of the public had handed the anti establishment literature in hopes of deciphering the postcards source. Despite his difficult position, the detective provides a subtle moral compass to the stories narrative - countering the sadistic nature of SS Officer Prall (Mikael Persbrandt)
The strength in the narrative lies with the simplicity in the couple’s effort of modest guerrilla warfare, prompts the audience with feelings of cathartic empowerment. However minuscule an act it was deemed to be originally, it grew to something great with meticulous organisation cautious execution and above all, a message that was the truth.
Renowned composer, Alexandre Desplat provides the film with a wonderful score in which heightens the palpably emotive peaks of the film. His previous works include; The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), The Imitation Game (2014), Zero Dark Thirty (2012), The Kings of Speech (2010) and The Queen (2006). His work has lead him to work with diverse filmmaker's like Wes Anderson, Stephen Frears and Tom Hooper. He is known for seamlessly adapting to his respective director's aesthetic, which has been recognised in the form of both a Bafta and an Oscar, amongst copious nominations.
Utilising an effective combination of strong narrative, well structured acting and a emotive score ensemble, Alone in Berlin is worthy counterpart to the work on which it is based and is now in cinemas nationwide.