Berlin Syndrome 2017 film review | Book Addicts

Berlin Syndrome (film)

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Berlin Syndrome is a 2017 Australian film about a college professor kidnapping and killing foreign students.

7 out of 10 stars.  This is very realistic and absolutely terrifying.

Clare is an Australian teenager traveling through Europe photographing the city architecture.  On her last day in Berlin she comes across Andy, a German college professor who teaches English.  Since she doesn’t speak fluent German, she’s relieved to spend time with an English speaker.  They spend the day together and have dinner then he drops her off at her hostel telling her he has plans for that evening.  Little does she know that he has a kidnapped girl at home that he’s now decided to kill because his affections have moved to Clare.

The next day, instead of going to Dresden, Clare hangs around hoping to run into Andy again.  She does.  That night she goes to his apartment and they have sex.  When she wakes in the morning, he’s already gone and she’s disappointed, but she packs her things and prepares to leave only to discover she’s locked inside.  There is no way to open the door without a key and there is no key.

She spends the day snooping through Andy’s apartment looking for a key and finds traces of another girl named Natalie.

The rest of the film covers several weeks and Clare’s confinement and indoctrination into being Andy’s sex slave.  Andy acts like she’s his girlfriend rather than his prisoner.  When she attempts to escape, Andy breaks her fingers.  When his father dies and he spends a week away from the apartment, Clare is trapped inside with no electricity, no heat, and very little food.  When he returns, she’s relieved.  Which makes you wonder if this is where Stockholm Syndrome comes from.

Eventually Clare escapes with the help of one of Andy’s students who just happens to stop by his apartment and see Clare when he opens the door.  They lock Andy in his own apartment and leave.

7 out of 10 stars.  Terrifying.

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