• The Exception (2017)

The Exception

Release Date: June 2nd, 2017

DVD Release Date: August 8th, 2017

R |1 hr 47 min

Plot Summary

German soldier Stefan Brandt goes on a mission to investigate exiled German Monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II. The Kaiser lives in a secluded mansion in the Netherlands, and as Germany is taking over Holland, the country's authorities are concerned that Dutch spies may be watching the Kaiser. As Brandt begins to infiltrate the Kaiser's life in search of clues, he finds himself drawn into an unexpected and passionate romance with Mieke, one of the Kaiser's maids.

Cast: Lily James, Jai Courtney, Christopher Plummer, Eddie Marsan, Ben Daniels, Janet McTeer, Mark Dexter, Lucas Tavernier

Director: David Leveaux

Genres: Romance , Historical drama , War

Production Co: Ostar Productions

Keywords: Love, 1940s, Fall, Soldier, Pursuit

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Dave WhiteTheWrap

    Whatever nuance existed in the original novel, whatever detail regarding the complicated emotional existence of actual human beings, is reduced here to not-quite-suspenseful-enough plot points and an impossible forbidden romance that makes almost no sense. show more

  • 71
    Jacob OllerPaste Magazine

    The film never quite achieves the level of fevered hurry for which it aims—sometimes due to its often trite, on-the-nose dialogue and sometimes to the stilted delivery of said dialogue. show more

  • 63
    Mark FeeneyBoston Globe

    In other words, it’s hopeless tosh — but expertly done hopeless tosh. show more

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