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.
You have beautiful hands.
You are quite unused to physical labor, no?
War changes everything.
The Kaiser remains of great symbolic importance to the German people.
You'll address him as Sir, and you will speak only when spoken to, and all discussion of politics is forbidden.
You are to take immediate command of his military guard.
British Secret Service have an agent in the area.
Could be a kidnap attempt, most likely an assassination.
If anything happens to him, Captain, you'll be shot.
Captain, there's a British spy after me.
You'll be quite safe, Your Highness.
My name is Stefan.
I was wondering what yours was.
Mieke de Jong.
Take your clothes off.
The female staff are not to be interfered with.
The old man is getting a visit tomorrow from the head of the SS.*
It seems we are to go back to Berlin.
Can that be true?
You are to be king again?
I don't care.
One day, you might have to.
There was another transmission last night.
The Gestapo will be making a thorough search of the house.
The SS murdered my father.
I think we should keep this to ourselves.
I'll protect you.
Are you serious?
Nobody is safe.
Can an officer have a loyalty to anything greater than his country?
Marry me, Mieke.
He's going to turn you over to the Gestapo.
Mieke, trust me.
* SS: Schutzstaffel. 친위대.