• 2014
  • France / Germany
  • 1h 24min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: André Dussollier, Niels Arestrup, Burghart Klaußner
  • Cast: Volker Schlöndorff
  • UK release: 14 November 2014

Paris, 1944; as the German army prepares to retreat, General Dietrich von Choltitz (Arestrup) is ordered to destroy the city, but then he's visited by Swedish diplomat Raoul Nordling (Dussollier). Essentially a two-hander set in a hotel room, it's a compelling and eye-opening slice of history, with the leads revelling in their complex characters.

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10 Nov 20144 stars

A slice of scintillating history from Volker Schlöndorff, starring Niels Arestrup

Director Volker Schlöndorff created a masterpiece with his 1979 adaptation of Günter Grass's novel The Tin Drum; having made a definitive anti-war film, it's surprising to see him return to the subject some 35 years later. However Diplomacy quickly…

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