• Director: Christian Petzold
  • Writer: Christian Petzold,Anna Seghers
  • Countries of origin: Germany, France
  • Language: German, French, French Sign Language
  • Release date: March 1, 2019
  • Aspect ratio: 2.39 : 1
  • Also known as: Транзит
  • "Transit" is a feature film directed by Christian Petzold , starring Paula Beer and Franz Rogowski. It was released in Germany on February 17, 2018   .
    The film is based on the novel of the same name by the German writer Anna Seghers  . It tells the story of Georg, who, in order to escape the pursuit of the Germans, pretended to be a deceased person to get away, but unexpectedly met the deceased's wife and fell into emotional entanglement. .


    • Release date March 1, 2019
    • Filming locations Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
    • Production companies Schramm Film, Neon Productions, Arte France Cinéma

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    • By Lacey 2022-04-17 09:01:14

      How to present a novel on the screen

      At the beginning, the dialogue between the two brings out the big environment. It only depends on the acting skills to bring out the atmosphere. This is a very powerful foundation. The side-by-side hit, the ambulance passing by, the close-up of the letter, and the close-up of the letter appeared many times. The script of "The Escaper" Appearing on the table and telling the story of the dead with a puddle of blood in the toilet, the director must have a poor crew. It is all this way of saving...

    • By Richie 2022-04-17 09:01:14


      So well shot, it's true art. I don't know how to describe the feeling of watching this film. I first heard that Christian Petzold was going to make a time travel drama about immigration, and I felt that this theme was a bit off for him. Why go to this muddy water? However, Petzold is a work that is clear, calm and restrained as soon as he shoots. The whole process makes me hold my breath, for fear of missing any poetic line, any precise gaze, and any meaningful pause where I want to speak...

    • By Bradford 2022-04-17 09:01:14


      The time ambiguity generated by the setting of the World War II story in the current environment leads the viewing psychology to constantly oscillate between the thrilling history of the Jews fleeing during the occupation and the encounters of refugees in the Middle East today; but Petzold is still too persistent in presenting a complete rhapsody. The twists and turns weaken the imaginative pleasure of the text brought about by the ambiguity of the setting. But in this era when melodrama is...

    • By Meggie 2022-04-17 09:01:14

      Lost identity, dream land that can never be reached

      Probably my favorite European movie of the year.

      Its literary and poetic expression, as well as the artistic technique that blurs the time, event and space, make people deeply addicted.

      At first glance, it has the mysterious and absurd colors of the Portuguese film "One Thousand and One Nights". In the lazy Marseilles of modern times, time and space are blurred, and the horror escape on the eve of the apartheid massacre during World War II is staged.

      Upon closer inspection,...

    • By Nickolas 2022-04-17 09:01:14

      The theme of European refugees can cross and intertextualize with the Nazi history of World War II. This movie is too scary

      At this year's Berlin Film Festival, the most sought-after film for the Golden Bear was Christian Petzold's Transit.

      Christian Petzold, one of the members of the Berlin Film Festival's "straight line", won the Golden Bear for the World War II film "Barbara" as early as six years ago.

      This year, "Transit", with its hilarious plot, missed out on...

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    • By Garnett 2022-04-22 07:02:01

      It is not uncommon for the narrative to reduce the dramatic to the point of its almost complete disappearance, but here it seems to fit the object of the narrative exceptionally—a life stagnant in a state of transit. On the one hand, in this endless waiting and suffering, life seems to stop, the male protagonist returns to the same tavern again and again, and sits by the window with the same glass of red wine; on the other hand, various moments in life Rather than the rapid disappearance of the...

    • By Erna 2022-04-22 07:02:01

      @FSLC. "This here is...

    • By Brett 2022-04-22 07:02:01

      The beautiful scenery of Marseilles, the oppressive political environment, and the reckoning of the day-to-day organization, it was not unexpected in the end; being deprived of a loved one, whether it was a dog, love, dignity or hope, the so-called refugee crossing the border is useless. //PS. Paula Bell's frown and smile are so...

    • By Marcelino 2022-04-22 07:02:01

      The original is a classic German exile literature depicting the lives of exiles stranded in Marseille during World War II. The film presents the current refugee problem from a unique perspective of World War II, completing an excellent grafting of the times and the advancement of refugee themes. / After witnessing exile compatriots being taken away by violent institutions, the shame of the onlookers narrated by the narration always haunts everyone, which is undoubtedly isomorphic with the shame...

    • By Hannah 2022-04-21 09:03:53

      7.5. French academic style, a song, a prose, a love of the city. The depressing and touching memory of the port of Marseille when the Germans captured and purged...

    Movie plot

    In 1940, Georg, who would be "cleansed" by the fascists, needed to flee to the only safe place left - Marseille. In times of crisis like these, he promised to do a friend a favor by sending two letters to George Weddell, a communist writer living in a nearby hotel, after which he could be arranged to travel to Marseille. When Georg arrived at the hotel room, the writer had committed suicide for fear of persecution from the fall of the...
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    The structure of the film is incredible. It is not a time-travel, but the opposite, allowing time and historical events to come to a modern space, a group of modern people in a modern French city, earnestly endure the suffering of World War II. This kind of "reverse time travel" is easy to confuse people, but the director and leading actors of the film use a calm and sincere narrative mode to smooth out possible glitches and slowly...
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    Movie quotes

    • Georg: The next day he picked up Driss. That led him to one dusty fairground by the sea.

    • Marie: Who forgets faster, the Abandoned or the one who left him?

    • Marie: The Forsaken never forget, you say. But that's not true. They have the beautiful, sad songs. With them is the compassion. Those who leave, there is nobody with them.They do not have songs.

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