Past and present are blurred in this timeless allegory by German director Christian Petzold in which occupied France is somehow transported to the 21st century. Adapted from a 1944 novel the film is situated in an indeterminate moment overlapping the past and the present day, combining jackboots with modern day cars and street-scenes. A German fugitive and concentration camp escapee flees from Paris to Marseille at the time of the invasion. He has to deliver a letter to a famous author and resistance sympathiser.
94% – Rotten Tomatoes
“Once Transit’s bitterly ironic vision takes hold, it eats into the mind.”
“Christian Petzold’s white-hot existentialist noir Transit is perhaps the best World War II film since Paul Verhoeven’s Black Book, even if it hinges on a suspension of disbelief that’ll be too far a stretch for some.”