Berlin Syndrome

Synopsis: While holidaying in Berlin, Australian photojournalist, Clare meets Andi, a charismatic local man and there is an instant attraction between them. A night of passion ensues. But what initially appears to be the start of a romance suddenly takes an unexpected and sinister turn when Clare wakes the following morning to discover Andi has left for work and locked her in his apartment. An easy mistake to make, of course, except Andi has no intention of letting her go again. Ever.
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Director(s): Cate Shortland
Production: Vertical Entertainment
  13 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
116 min

What is that terrorist

group? What do you call that?

Uh... Hamas.

Hamas. That's right.

Throwing what missiles

and rockets into- poof!

Would you like to come over?

Uh, yeah, sure.

I'll grab you a chair.


Oh, thanks.

There you go.

Oh, cheers, hm.

Are you south African?

Erm, no, I'm from Brisbane.



Where the f*** is that?

It's in Australia.

Oh, okay.

Here, watch this,

right. Watch my eyes, yeah?

Are you ready? I can do some

very freaky, crazy sh*t...

With my eyes, just watch this.



That was close! Come on.

You're not getting that? No?

Well, I...

So, er, where are you?

Come on...

It actually means that

you have a lack of calcium.

No, it means I've been

drinking too much beer.

That's what it means.

You want some?


Take care. See you.


Adieu. See you later.



Is there a lid for this?

Or should I just...

Okay, okay...

Thank you.


- Tschuss.

- Tschuss.

No, no, no. That's okay.

Do you mind?

Thank you.

Help yourself.

My father grows them in

a schrebergarten.

In, uh, cardboard boxes?

No, these are from the store.

Do you like strawberries?


They help you

forget your problems.

What makes you think

i have problems?

People who travel alone...

Are usually in search

of something, aren't they?

What makes you think

that I'm alone?

I see nobody.

Do you always

practice your English...

Chatting up foreigners?

What? No. No.

I work in a sport school.

What sort of sports?

I mean, I'm an English

teacher, that's why.

And you? What are you


Buildings, mostly.

I, er, I really like the

gdr architecture.

I wanna do a book.

We say ddr, deutsche

demokratische republik.

Yeah. No, I know.


And, it was nice to meet you.

There's strawberry on my hand.



Nice to meet you.

What did you...

You said this was, er,

from a schreber...

Schreber. I don't know

the English word for it.

Erm, these are small gardens.

All together and

all with German flags...

And those, er, small men

from snow white.


Yeah, dwarfs.

Who lives

in these houses?

No one. Actually,

it's forbidden.

They just come on weekends.

It's my mum.

She's kind of obsessed.

Does she know you're here?


My mother used to

bring me here as a boy.

I always come here to

complicate life.


Erm, I think you mean to,

er, you'd say "contemplate. "

Oh, yeah, right.

How do you say

"complicate" in German?


This one is nice, huh?

Yeah, I like it.


F***! Oh, my gosh.


Yeah, he likes you.

Hi. Hi!

Oh, my god.

So, why did you

come to Berlin?

Er, I was working for

a real estate company...

Taking photos and, erm...

You know, those life


That people talk about

all the time?

I wanted to do that, so, I...

I booked a ticket and put my

stuff in storage...

And came here.

Pretty predictable.

I don't know.

Maybe brave.

A wolf.

There's a bar upstairs,

erm, if you wanted to...

Come- actually, it's more like

a... kinda crappy rooftop.

I'm afraid I have to

meet someone.

Otherwise, I...


Yeah, I have to...

I've got stuff I have to do.

I gotta pack. I'm going

dresden tomorrow.



Why dresden?


Tschuss, Clare.

It's nice to meet you.


Hi. Can you open?

That one's my favorite.

She's holding her hands

like that...

To hide her deformed finger.

I thought you wanted to leave.

So, if you have a question,

you Google it.


Yeah, I'm... I'm definitely

partial toward Google.

Are you not?

You photograph disappointment.

I mean, all this ddr sh*t,

all these dreams...

It's all... invalid.

But the people were brave.

Mm. Some were brave,

some just got on with it.

I mean, you can suffocate

anywhere. You don't need a wall.

How do you say suffocate

in German?




No. No. Erwurgen. No.

Erwurgen is...

To choke.


Did a boy give you that?

No, my mum... did.

She said if I ever got

into trouble...

I could hock it and come home.

Watch the door.

It sticks.

So quiet.

Berlin is full

of these empty places.

Do you want a drink?

Yeah. Thanks.

They don't open.

Should I make us dinner?

No one will hear you.

I don't want this to end.

All firsts end.

First airplane ride.

First time you get

your ears pierced.

First drags of cigarettes.

First f***.

I wish we could stay

like this...

Where we don't know

each other.

I wish I could stay.

What happens when you know


What did you just say?

I love your accent.

I love your mouth, your smile.

I love everything.

Silke, may I ask you

to please read the quote?

"Perhaps home is not a place,

but simply... "

Erm... "An irrevocable


Bennie, I see you obviously...

Consumed this book

on the weekend.

Yeah. Okay, I'll make it

easy for you, erm...

James Baldwin wrote this in 1956

in his novel Giovanni's room.

Who has made a start on it?




Er, the character

is constantly moving.

He feels a little bit shame

about, erm, about himself...

But he says he is, erm,

finding himself...

But he's just...


Mm. Escaping.

Yeah. He's just escaping.

What the f***?


Couldn't find the key.

Did you leave me a key?



I thought I'd left it

on the table.


I didn't... I didn't think i

would be able to get back in.

And then I realized

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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