A riveting World War II thriller that is filled with espionage and romance in equal measure, The Exception follows German soldier Stefan Brandt (Jai Courtney) as he goes on a mission to investigate exiled German Monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II (Christopher Plummer). 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 (Lily James), one of the Kaiser’s maids whom Brandt soon discovers is secretly Jewish.
When Heinrich Himmler (Eddie Marsan), 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.
UK | USA, 2016, 107 minutes, Rated R, Directed by David Leveaux
“Elegant, well-acted and a good deal sexier than the material might suggest.”– Peter DeBruge, VARIETY
“The superb English stage director David Leveaux keeps the pacing taut while creating space for his actors to work their magic.”– David Edelstein, NEW YORK MAGAZINE/VULTURE
“Courtney and James shine as Romeo and Juliet-style lovers in WWII espionage romance.”– James Verniere, BOSTON HERALD
“The inestimable Christopher Plummer stars as the aging and disgraced Kaiser, and it's worth seeing the film for him alone.”– Laura DeMarco, CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER
“THE EXCEPTION is a diverting and occasionally exciting film.”– A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“A handsomely mounted World War II-era romantic thriller, enlivened by vibrant performances and vivid sexual encounters.”– Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES