Tribeca ’17: The Exception

Theater director Leveaux gives the film an old-fashioned vibe that quite suits the material. He and Burke are also wise not to spell out the backstory events that so disillusioned Brandt. It’s WWII, we can imagine more than enough. Nor do they try to mold him into a problematic martyr. With its blend of behind-the-lines espionage and danger-stoked romance, Exception is not all that removed from WWII B-movies, like Appointment in Berlin with George Sanders, but we consider that high praise. Classy looking and consistently fun, The Exception is highly recommended when it next screens May 20thand 21st at the Washington Jewish Film Festival, following its U.S. premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

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