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Der Unhold (The Ogre) (1996)

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Based on a novel by French author Michel Tournier, this drama chronicles the redemption of Abel, a French POW responsible for kidnapping dozens of young boys for recruitment by the Nazi SS during WW II. The film opens with black-and-white shots of Abel's childhood in Paris. The year is 1925 and already he has problems getting along with teachers and students. Then he is befriended by the portly young Nestor. Abel loses his only friend during a terrible fire that demolishes the school and leaves

May 9, 2000

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Schlöndorff and Jean-Claude Carrière find in Michel Tournier's novel a companion piece to their earlier Günter Grass adaptation, The Tin Drum.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Episodic and vaguely surreal, it is the antithesis of a Hollywood film that tells us what to feel. Having unfolded an ever-widening series of moral questions, it deliberately leaves them hanging.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
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With his slightly cross- eyed gaze of wonderment mixed with ferocious intensity, Malkovich makes Abel both childlike and frightening.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Haunting as the film is, it never feels quite cohesive.

June 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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Astonishing, disturbing, and altogether an affecting piece of work, The Ogre is Schlondorff -- and everyone else involved -- working in top form.

December 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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From its awkward childhood prologue, which features painfully bad acting, to its title character, a simple-minded, large-of-stature man played by the most intellectual-seeming and average-sized of actors (John Malkovich), The Ogre is ill conceived.

January 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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Schlondorff has said he built the film around Malkovich, and the actor lives up to the responsibility.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
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