The Wall (2013)
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 Films
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Critic Reviews for The Wall
Bleak and beautiful, harrowing yet inspiring, "The Wall" ("Die Wand") is a stunning tale of isolation and survival in a wild and silent world.
Pölsler's film is quietly deliberate without ever feeling slow, thanks to a few handy assets at his disposal.
This mesmerising, austere and contemplative film provides a rarefied yet utterly immersive viewing experience.
A remarkably involving film, especially given its brave, self-imposed limitations.
The widescreen images of the Austrian landscape and the lovingly lit cabin interiors are unfailingly gorgeous, but Gedeck's the key asset: her fine, expressive features do almost as daunting a job as the words, words, words we hear.
A heart-affecting tale of survival with a fierce and tender performance by Martina Gedeck.
The Wall is nothing if not a mystery. Surely the premise would propel such a story into the realm of sci-fi and fantasy, but Pölsler and Gedeck never approach the story in this way, nor do they give us any easy answers to what has really happened and why.
Has any movie ever had so much gab on the soundtrack? Every confession, every philosophical tidbit of the movie's tormented female protagonist.
If you surrender to the style and premise, it's a rich and immensely rewarding film that begs repeat viewing.
The sheer quantity of voiceover - or, more likely, subtitles - acts as a barrier to deep psychological immersion.
Starts with an interesting concept but goes nowhere with it, giving the viewer too little with which to relate or comprehend and asking them to mistake the clunky narrative as "deep."
The Wall is a riveting piece of cinema, and given it bears such a simplistic, obscure narrative, Pölsler does a fine job holding down your attention throughout.
An elegant, stunningly photographed reflection on the human condition that is as odd as it is entrancing.
Julian Roman Pölsler's bewitching debut manages to be at once a creepy sci-fi parable, a feminist Robinson Crusoe and a clear-eyed ode to the wonders of nature experienced in solitude. Walden pond with added wall.
Call it a landlocked variant on Robinson Crusoe, but it's a hypnotic one, with a sense of mystery and interior life that are all its own.
The story is slow-paced and eventless but the cinematography makes the most of the landscape, while voiceover diary readings give us access to her thoughts.
Audience Reviews for 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.More
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.
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.More
While this represents a somewhat deep philosophical reflection on humanity (one person's view), it is also ... quite simply... depressing. I can't say I enjoyed it, as much as I appreciated the message. We all have a choice in each action we take. That choice has an impact... sometimes good. sometimes bad. I found the first half rather interesting, but it soon became tiresome to me. I might have rated it higher had they shortened it a little.More
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