image from the film Transit

image from the film TRANSIT

In Christian Petzold’s brilliant and haunting modern-day adaptation of Anna Seghers’s 1942 novel Transit Visa, Georg, a German refugee (Franz Rogowski), flees to Marseille assuming the identity of a recently deceased writer whose papers he is carrying. There he delves into the delicate and complex culture of the refugee community, becoming enmeshed in the lives of a young mother and son and falling for a mysterious woman named Marie (Paula Beer).

“By turns intimate and expansive, Transit is a thrilling, at times harrowing labyrinth of a movie.” (Manohla Dargis, NYTimes)

“What emerges in Transit is a fresco of displacement, of people on the run but stuck in place.” (Michael Philips, Chicago Tribune)