The Exception

The Exception
The Exception.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDavid Leveaux
Written bySimon Burke
Based onThe Kaiser's Last Kiss
by Alan Judd
Produced by
  • Lou Pitt
  • Judy Tossell
CinematographyRoman Osin
Edited byNicolas Gaster
Music byIlan Eshkeri
  • Egoli Tossell Film
  • Ostar Productions
  • Alton Road Productions
  • Silver Reel
  • Lotus Entertainment
  • Umedia
  • Film House Germany
  • Screen Flanders
Distributed by
  • A24 (United States)
  • Signature Entertainment (United Kingdom)
Release dates
  • 12 September 2016 (2016-09-12) (TIFF)
  • 2 June 2017 (2017-06-02) (United States)
  • 2 October 2017 (2017-10-02) (United Kingdom)
Running time
107 minutes[1]
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Box office$834,580[2][3]

The Exception is a 2016 romantic war film directed by David Leveaux (in his directorial debut) and written by Simon Burke, based on Alan Judd's 2003 novel The Kaiser's Last Kiss. The film stars Jai Courtney, Lily James, Janet McTeer, and Christopher Plummer.[4] The plot is a fictionalized account of the life of exiled Kaiser Wilhelm II (Plummer). When a Wehrmacht officer (Courtney) is ordered to determine whether or not a British spy has infiltrated the Kaiser's residence with a view to assassinating the deposed monarch, he falls in love with one of the Kaiser's maids (James) during his investigation. The film is set in Occupied Netherlands during World War II.

In 2014, Egoli Tossell Film announced that development on a film adaptation of Judd's novel had begun. Principal photography in Belgium lasted six weeks in 2015. The film held its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival in the Special Presentations section.[5] The film received a limited release and video-on-demand release on 2 June 2017 through A24 and DirecTV Cinema in the United States. The film was released on 2 October 2017 in the United Kingdom through Signature Entertainment.

  1. ^ "The Exception (2016)". British Board of Film Classification. 31 July 2017. Archived from the original on 31 July 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  2. ^ "The Exception (2017)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  3. ^ "The Exception (2017)". The Numbers. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  4. ^ "The Exception". The British Council. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Toronto: Christian Bale-Starrer 'The Promise,' Richard Gere-Starrer 'Norman' Get Gala Screenings". The Hollywood Reporter. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.

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