BERLIN SYN­DROME

Empire (Australasia) - - On.Screen -

OUT 20 APRIL / RATED TBC / 116 MINS DI­REC­TOR Cate Short­land

CAST Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt

CLARE IS AN Aus­tralian back­packer who ar­rives in Ger­many seek­ing a life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. She meets a hand­some lo­cal man, Andi, and an in­stant spark turns into a one-night stand, that turns into ob­ses­sion for Andi, and a night­mare for Clare. Teresa Palmer (Lights Out, Hack­saw Ridge, and a dead-ringer for Kris­ten Ste­wart) is ter­rific, given that for many of her key scenes, she’s alone on screen with no-one to bounce off; Palmer con­vinc­ingly jug­gles self-doubt and in­ner steel. Max Riemelt (Sense8, but don’t hold it against him) smug­gles enough weird­ness into his good-guy rou­tine that it’s be­liev­able when he turns out to be a freak. Di­rec­tor Short­land can­nily shapes both a tense con­fine­ment thriller and a psy­cho­log­i­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Stock­holm Syn­drome; a bit over­long but grip­ping. TK

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