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Transit Reviews

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December 20, 2019
For a film based around a lie, Transit has a strong narrative foundation, however, the indistinguishable time period, along with other questionable directorial choices, play too melodramatic to be memorable.
May 23, 2019
By simply transposing Seghers' tale to the modern day, these characters get lost in the muddle of narratives, caught somewhere between the memories of the past and the fears of the future.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 20, 2018
Be prepared to be challenged by the glittering, allusive and often bewitching "Transit," but also to be frustrated.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 9, 2019
If the minimalism of Robert Bresson and the hopeless romance of 'Casablanca' are touchpoints, they echo only faintly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 14, 2019
Atmospherically the film resembles Camus's The Plague without Camus: stasis and rumination in a sun-bleached Mediterranean port.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 14, 2019
Transit could have been a comedy that Camus might appreciate...The movie haunts, but more in theory than in fact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 19, 2019
This may be based on a 1944 wartime novel but director-adapter Christian Petzold has shifted it to an alternate version of the present day to initially intriguing effect... The time-shift muddies everything though.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 19, 2018
If only it weren't such a cryptic and heavy slog.
September 11, 2018
The stultifying voiceover meant to nuance Georg's actions is only more evidence of Petzold's navel-gazing; and although it remains a nostalgic treat, his classical visual sense fails to organize the unruly material.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 13, 2019
Petzold's Casablanca-meets-Kafka exercise is a world-weary cliché.
May 28, 2020
Transit is most powerful emotionally during sequences where the main character puts his own grief and confusion on hold to look after a small boy in need of a substitute dad.
December 20, 2019
Lifting the story out of context in this way works in Petzold's favor, as Transit exists as neither a museum piece nor a harrowing depiction of the current refugee crisis, but rather a literary tale of displacement, identity, and seeking.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
November 22, 2019
[The narrator] names the feeling they all share at that moment: shame. And we feel it, too. Shame that we still live in a world where a piece of paper can be the difference between life and liberty -- or death.
December 20, 2019
Transit captures the tragedy of uncertainty in astonishingly heartbreaking ways.
June 6, 2019
Don't actively investigate your questions. Instead, just let the narrative run through you, so its rewards won't pass you by.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 17, 2019
Transit isn't all sociopolitical metaphor; it's also a master class in efficient genre filmmaking.
May 17, 2019
Perhaps (Petzold's) most enigmatic & opaque work. The audience often feels as lost as his characters, trapped in an existential nightmare from which there is seemingly no escape.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 29, 2019
Deeply affecting, Transit touches on love, loss and identity, as well as serving as a reminder of the Shoah. It takes a startlingly clever approach to telling its story.
March 15, 2019
The film provides enough romance and intrigue that we suggest you book passage for this understated thriller.
April 1, 2019
Obscuring crucial details while using past tense voice-over narration to describe mundane information, Petzold crafts a Kafka-esque ghost story.
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