Film Review: TRANSIT (Germany 2018)

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Transit Poster
When a man flees France after the Nazi invasion, he assumes the identity of a dead author whose papers he possesses. Stuck in Marseilles, he meets a young woman desperate to find her missing husband – the very man he’s impersonating.


Christian Petzold (adaptation), Anna Seghers (novel)

Man in TRANSIT.  Adapted from Anna Seghers’ WWII-set novel, TRANSIT transposes the plot to an indistinct era that resembles the present-day. 

I am not a fan of transposed plots or of adaptations of literary classics to a different place or time.  Writer/directors can aim at making their films accessible or more difficult.  It seems the latter case for German director Christian Petzold’s (PHOENIX, which I admired) TRANSIT.  To set his WWWII film to the present, he could have made that decision for an easier way…

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