Cate Shortland, the Australian director of the chillingly captivating Berlin Syndrome, shows us the darker side of one of the key Australian rites of passage – backpacking across Europe. It may well give you cause to reconsider what you plan to do on your gap year.
We meet our young Australian backpacker, Clare (Teresa Palmer), arriving in Berlin, where she meets Andi (Max Riemelt), a German English teacher, and the two embark on a passionate and obsessive relationship. Both express their desire for the experience not to end, though Andi takes this to the extreme when Clare wakes up one morning and finds she is unable to leave the apartment. (more…)