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Berlin Syndrome (15)


A passionate holiday romance leads to an obsessive relationship, when an Australian photojournalist wakes one morning in a Berlin apartment and is unable to leave.

The critical consensus

Although near-miss escape attempts deliver the expected tension and the end is a tad fudged, this is far more than a vehicle for cheap shocks.

****(*)Emma Simmonds, The List, 05/06/2017S

An intelligent tale with unusual undertones and a necessary fear factor.

Caitlin Quinlan, Little White Lies, 06/06/2017

Punctuated with moments of extreme horror that reinforce her heroine’s resilience and her own filmmaking nous, this is further evidence of Shortland’s growing stature on the world film stage.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 08/06/2017

Not recommended to anyone backpacking this summer but everyone else will be perched on the edge of their seats.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 09/06/2017

Cate Shortland’s latest film ticks all the boxes of the captivity psycho-drama, but the lack of originality lets it down.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 09/06/2017

The film creates the kind of tension that sucks the very air from the cinema.

****(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 11/06/2017

Features about Berlin Syndrome (15)

Cate Shortland on her new film, female obsession and her own trauma.

Nick Hasted, The Independent, 08/06/2017

Cate Shortland on her one-night-stand abduction drama Berlin Syndrome.

Christina Newland, The Guardian, 08/06/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee from Friday June 23, 2017, until Thursday June 29, 2017. More info:

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Monday July 3, 2017, until Thursday July 13, 2017. More info:

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