The Exception

Synopsis: A German soldier tries to determine if the Dutch resistance has planted a spy to infiltrate the home of Kaiser Wilhelm in Holland during the onset of World War II, but falls for a young Jewish Dutch woman during his investigation.
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Director(s): David Leveaux
  2 nominations.
107 min

I have to go.


Can I see you again?

One war ministry telegram

is enough.


What do you know

about the kaiser?

Kaiser Wilhelm ii, former

emperor of the fatherland.

Weak leader. Poor strategist.

Led us to defeat.

Ran away afterwards.

- Exiled in Belgium, sir.

- Holland.

- Is he still alive?

- Damn your ignorance, captain.

The kaiser is still alive

and remains

of great symbolic importance.

You'll take immediate command of

kaiser Wilhelm's military guard

outside utrecht.

As of now,

the safety of the kaiser

is of prime concern

to the reich,

and, therefore, also to you.

General, I am now fit

for active service.

Don't push your luck, captain.

After that business

with the ss in Poland,

you were lucky to avoid

a court martial.

This posting is a great honor.

Yes, general.

Thank you, general.


if the kaiser's in Holland,

how am I to guard him?

At dawn, our forces invaded

Belgium and the Netherlands.

The fuhrer thinks of everything.

Brandt. Eighth infantry.

I am

colonel sigurd Von ilsemann,

aide-de-camp to the kaiser.

My orders are to assume

immediate command

of the kaiser's bodyguard.

A captain?

All the majors are busy, sir.

The Dutch army guard

have deserted.

Your men can billet

in the stables.

- I'll need a command post.

- I'm in charge.

Within the grounds.

The female staff

are not to be interfered with.

Look forward

to working with you.



They're here.

- The army, your army.

- No. No. Not mine.

They have been sent

to protect you.

That in itself

is not without significance.

In return, it is vital to make

the right impression.

Oh, on whom?

Our friends in Berlin

have been constantly active

on your behalf.

The army want you back.

They always have.

The stage is set.

Every detail matters.

We must invite the commanding

officer to dinner.

So now we're running

a restaurant?

- He will be watching us.

- Yes, perhaps. From outside.

Wilhelm, do you want

your throne back or not?

You are the kaiser.

Secure the perimeter.

Get this place cleaned up.

- We have to go faster.

- Move it!

I'm looking for

gestapo inspector Dietrich.

Inspector Dietrich, I'm Brandt.

I expected you yesterday.

Apologies. My orders

were to report upon arrival.

No time was specified.

What can I do for you,


The kaiser.

The former kaiser.

The gestapo keeps extensive

files on this individual,

but they are not up to date.

As part of your duties here,

you will compile

a detailed report.

In particular,

his attitudes towards the reich

and its leaders,

anything he says

about the war and its conduct,

noting also

significant omissions,

such as failure to agree

with statements

in favor of the reich.

You expect me to spy on him?

You'll also list his visitors,

noting the duration

of their stay.

- Is that really necessary?

- Ah.

You think because he is old,

he is unimportant?

The British secret service

have an agent in the area.

We picked up coded radio

transmissions from the vicinity.

It could be a kidnap attempt

or an assassination.

Assassinate an old man

ousted 20 years ago?


I couldn't care less.

He is everything that was wrong

with old Germany.

Where was he

while we were all starving?

If anything happens to him,

captain, you'll be shot.

And I will do it.

Did you read the ss file on him?

Hard to believe

he wasn't executed.

He must have friends in Berlin.

Brussels fell

to our forces yesterday

and airborne troops have secured

the French border.

Holland is now

almost completely occupied,

- barring unofficial resistance.

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Simon Burke

Simon Gareth Burke (born 8 October 1961) is an Australian actor, active in films, television and theatre. more…

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