2016 (PG-13) 100 min. France/subtitles
Director: David Leveaux
Cast: Christopher Plummer, Lily James, Jai Courtney
A riveting World War II thriller that is filled with espionage and romance in equal measure, The Exception follows German soldier Stefan Brandt as he 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 whom Brandt soon discovers is secretly Jewish. When Heinrich Himmler, Head of the SS, decides to come for an unexpected visit with a large platoon of Nazis in tow, the stage is set for a breathtaking showdown, as secrets are revealed, allegiances are tested, and Brandt is forced to make the ultimate choice between honoring his country and following his heart.
“Director David Leveaux sets his tale of thrilling espionage and romance against a sweeping wartime backdrop, bringing to vibrant life this story of one man caught between love and duty.” – Cara Cusumano, TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
“Alan Judd’s well-regarded novel THE KAISER’S LAST KISS has been brought to the screen in elegant fashion by David Leveaux in this film that has been a passion project for Christopher Plummer since the book was published in 2003.” – TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
“Based on the novel THE KAISER’S LAST KISS, this riveting WWII drama stars Christopher Plummer as Germany’s exiled Kaiser Wilhelm II, and Jai Courtney and Lily James as a pair of mismatched lovers. With all the espionage, secrecy and mounting tension of a good thriller, this unlikely love story features beautiful cinematography and brilliant acting by its cast.” – FILM PITTSBURGH
“…enough tension and intrigue to deliver a satisfying, cathartic payoff.” – Richard Lawson, VANITY FAIR