The Exception

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"One duty. One desire. One decision."
  • R
  • 2017
  • 1 hr 47 min
  • 6.8  (14,921)
  • 60

The Exception is a 2016 romantic war drama film directed by David Leveaux, and starring Lily James, Jai Courtney, and Christopher Plummer. The film is set during World War II and tells the story of a German soldier named Stefan, played by Jai Courtney, who is sent to Holland to investigate accusations against the former German Emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm II, played by Christopher Plummer, who has been exiled there since the end of World War I.

The movie begins with Stefan being assigned to protect Wilhelm II from assassination plots by the Dutch resistance. The relationship between the two men is initially strained, as Stefan is a devoted Nazi and Wilhelm II represents the old guard of Germany, who are viewed by many in the Nazi party as weak and ineffective. However, as the story progresses, Stefan begins to develop a deeper understanding of the complexities of the war and the humanity of his enemy.

While in Holland, Stefan meets a young Dutch woman named Mieke, played by Lily James, who works as a maid in Wilhelm II's household. They immediately feel a strong connection to each other, but their romance is complicated by the fact that Mieke is secretly Jewish and hiding from the Nazis. As Stefan becomes more involved in Wilhelm II's life, he discovers that the former emperor also harbors secrets and regrets from his past.

The film delves into themes of love, loyalty, and duty in times of war. Stefan finds himself torn between his allegiance to his country and his growing feelings for Mieke, who represents everything that the Nazi party has demonized. Meanwhile, Wilhelm II must confront the consequences of his actions as emperor and his own private grief over losing his son in the war.

The acting in the movie is superb, with all three leads delivering nuanced and empathetic performances. Christopher Plummer is particularly outstanding as the once-powerful leader who now spends his days in quiet reflection and regret. Lily James infuses her character with a quiet strength and dignity that makes her a sympathetic figure in a time of great peril. Jai Courtney, who is primarily known for action roles, demonstrates range and depth as Stefan, a conflicted soldier who becomes disillusioned with the Nazi party.

The cinematography and production design are also noteworthy, as the film beautifully captures the moody atmosphere of wartime Holland. The movie's score, composed by Ilan Eshkeri, is hauntingly beautiful and enhances the emotional impact of the story.

Overall, The Exception is a thought-provoking and engrossing film that offers a unique perspective on World War II. It is a story about the choices we make in times of war, and the unforeseen connections that can develop between people from opposing sides. The film succeeds in humanizing its characters and reminding us that even in the darkest moments of history, there is still hope for love, redemption, and compassion.

The Exception is a 2017 war movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 47 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.8 and a MetaScore of 60.

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