‘The Exception’ concentrates on these last years in the life of
Kaiser Wilhelm II (Christopher Plummer). Living in a rambling country mansion with his wife,
Princess Hermine (Janet McTeer), and a small retinue of aides and
servants, the erstwhile emperor is given a new lease on life by the Nazi
invasion of France and the Lowlands, which sees Holland fall under
German subjugation. Fantasizing about a return to Berlin and the throne,
Wilhelm soon finds himself under the supervision of an SS captain (Jai
Courtney) and a detachment of German soldiers. Meanwhile, the Kaiser’s
entourage hires a new maid (Lily James), in whom the captain takes an
immediate interest. The stage is set for a story of subterfuge and
espionage, all of which comes to a head with a visit from Heinrich
Himmler (Eddie Marsan), head of the SS.
This version is good but has a quite different set of lyrics. One of the last verses is the same as Spermwhale fishery though (the one that goes “No shoes nor stockings I’ll put on, no comb go in my hair; / Nor any lamp or candle burn in my chamber bare.”).