In Christian (Barbara) Petzold’s brilliant and haunting modern-day adaptation of Anna Seghers’s 1942 novel, Transit Visa, a German refugee assumes the identity of a recently deceased writer and flees to Marseille.
Georg (Franz Rogowski), a nearly spent European refugee, arrives in Marseille after having escaped from two concentration camps. He enters the threadbare world of the refugee community where he becomes enmeshed in the lives of a desperate young mother and son and a mysterious woman named Marie (Paula Beer). Transit is a film told in two tenses: 1940 and right now. In German, French, and French sign language with subtitles.
Manhola Dargis writing in the NY Times, “An existential thriller about loss, trauma, statelessness and historical amnesia.”
(Germany / 2018 / Directed by Christian Petzold)
Unrated / 1 hr 41 mins.