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Die Wand (The Wall) (2013)



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Based on Marlen Haushofer's eponymous feminist classic novel, THE WALL is a highly original exploration of the experience of solitude and survival set in a spectacularly beautiful Austrian mountain landscape. Martina Gedeck, the brilliant interpreter of the Oscar-winning The Lives Of Others, brings a rare and vivid intensity to her role as the unnamed lead character in this contemporary female Robinson Crusoe tale. --(c) Music Box Filmsmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Julian Pölsler, Marlen Haushofer
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On DVD: Oct 21, 2013
Music Box Films - Official Site


Julia Gschnitzer
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Critic Reviews for Die Wand (The Wall)

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (13)

Bleak and beautiful, harrowing yet inspiring, "The Wall" ("Die Wand") is a stunning tale of isolation and survival in a wild and silent world.

Full Review… | September 18, 2013
Boston Globe
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An elegant, slow-burning exercise in narrative minimalism.

Full Review… | September 12, 2013
Chicago Reader
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Pölsler's film is quietly deliberate without ever feeling slow, thanks to a few handy assets at his disposal.

Full Review… | August 23, 2013
Washington Post
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It's a shudder-inducing original.

Full Review… | August 15, 2013
Seattle Times
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This mesmerising, austere and contemplative film provides a rarefied yet utterly immersive viewing experience.

Full Review… | July 3, 2013
Time Out
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A remarkably involving film, especially given its brave, self-imposed limitations.

Full Review… | June 12, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Die Wand (The Wall)


Despite Gedeck's strong performance and a splendid cinematography that makes the most of its gorgeous locations, it raises several questions and ideas that are never fully explored, while the unnecessary and annoyingly intrusive narration makes it seem like a filmed novel.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Too absurd to be watched without feeling the need to fast-forward every now and again. Genuine as the subject may be, it simply failed to indulge me. In fact, IMO, this great original idea should have been left on paper in the first place.

For the want of rating, 0.5/5. Actual rating: 0/5.

familiar stranger

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The interesting premise attracted me to this film. But we never really get an explanation of what blocking her from the outside world or why is it happening. Instead, the film delves into a study of nature, isolation, and survival, which I appreciate but definitely wasn't what I was interested in or expecting. It's a fine film and with a great cinematography at that (the shots of the Austrian landscape are amazing). But again, it wasn't what I was looking for when I came in to watch this film.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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