About the film
Love blossoms during WWII in this film based on Alan Judd’s novel ‘The Kaiser’s Last Kiss’.
We are in occupied Holland in 1940, where the abdicated German Kaiser is now living – played magnificently by Christopher Plummer. The Exception takes place far from the front lines, focusing on the romance that upsets a wounded officer, S.S. lieutenant Brandt’s (Jai Courtney) unusual assignment to protect Kaiser Wilhelm II and Mieke, (Lily James) a spirited young Jewish servant working in the grand household.
On hearing of a possible British spy in the midst, the Nazis come to dinner. Eddie Marsan’s frigid Himmler will haunt your dreams. The characters are forced to do a curious dance with one another, trying to conceal their true selves. Are they the exception?
The superb English stage director David Leveaux keeps the pacing taut while creating space for his actors to work their magic.
Plummer’s plum performance is joyously entertaining and of course, exceptional.