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The Exception (2016)

R | | Drama, Romance, War | 2 June 2017 (USA)
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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.

Director:

David Leveaux

Writers:

Simon Burke (screenplay by), Alan Judd (based on the novel "The Kaiser's Last Kiss" by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Loïs Alessandra Loïs Alessandra ... Little Girl (as Loïs van Wijk)
Jai Courtney ... Capt. Stefan Brandt
Karin Leclercq Karin Leclercq ... Widow in Hotel
Anton Lesser ... General Falkenberg
Christopher Plummer ... Kaiser Wilhelm II
Aubeline Barbieux Aubeline Barbieux ... Beatrix
Janet McTeer ... Princess Hermine
Lily James ... Mieke de Jong
Stéphane Auberghen Stéphane Auberghen ... Frau Linnenkamp
Ben Daniels ... Col. Sigurd von Ilsemann
Martin Swabey Martin Swabey ... Mueller
Martin Savage Martin Savage ... Dirksen
Mark Dexter ... Dietrich
Kurt Standaert Kurt Standaert ... Schulz
Kris Cuppens Kris Cuppens ... Pastor Hendriks
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Whiling away the hours in an isolated countryside estate near Nazi-occupied Utrecht, the abdicated German emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm II, is still considered an influential man, and above all, a desirable assassination target. As a result, to avert a possible attempt against the life of the silver-haired former monarch, the reluctant Wehrmacht Captain, Stefan Brandt, is put in charge of his security, as there are rumours that a stealthy spy is in their midst. However, against all odds, Stefan will commence a fervent clandestine affair with the mansion's cryptic Dutch handmaiden, Mieke de Jong, threatening to put in jeopardy an already dangerously volatile situation. Now, with the imminent arrival of the powerful Reichsführer, Heinrich Himmler, can Brandt protect both the Kaiser and the unexpected love of his life? Written by Nick Riganas

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It Takes Just One To Change The Code Of War See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, graphic nudity, language and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Sigurd tells Stefan simply that "the Kaiser has a withered arm" but provided no details. When the Kaiser was born, he was a breach baby with his left arm wrapped behind his head. The nerves to his left arm were permanently damaged during his birth and it never properly developed. By adulthood, his left arm was six inches shorter than his right and his left hand withered and substantially smaller than the the right. The Kaiser would try to conceal this by holding a pair of gloves in his left hand to make his left arm appear longer. See more »

Goofs

Col. von Ilsemann says of the Kaiser, 'at the age of four he bit the Duke of Edinburgh in the leg'. In 1863, when Kaiser Wilhelm II was four, there was no Duke of Edinburgh. King George III of England ceased to be Duke of Edinburgh on acceding to the throne in 1760 and the title was not created again until 1866, for Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha Alfred. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Widow in Hotel: I have to go.
[Stephan hands the woman her panties]
Capt. Stefan Brandt: Here. Can I see you again?
Widow in Hotel: One telegram from the War Ministry is enough.
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Du bist die Ruh
By Franz Schubert
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Pleasantly Surprised
18 October 2018 | by earthblueSee all my reviews

This German Axis/Allies love story is above and beyond better than Suite Francaise (2014) where Matthias Schoenaerts was such a bore in that movie. The Exception is in league with the heartbreaking Le Silence de la Mer (2004).

When I found out that Jai Courtney was cast as Brandt I was so against it since I found Jai bland/miscast in his previous films, excluding Suicide Squad where his Captain Boomerang's entertaining in that. But Jai won me over with his Captain Brandt and he shares a nice chemistry with Lily James. I loved their eventual love story. Plummer and McTeer were good in this too and shared a nice/sweet moment towards the end that had me teary-eyed.

Overall I enjoyed this movie; it had me glued in from the 2nd act until the end.


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Language:

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Release Date:

2 June 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,351, 4 June 2017

Gross USA:

$708,973

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$834,572
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2.35 : 1
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