Der Unhold (The Ogre) (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

Der Unhold (The Ogre) (1999)




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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 WWII. Abel convinces himself that he's helping the boys, until he gets a chance to redeem himself.more
Rating: R (for some violence/disturbing images and a scene of sexuality)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Michel Tournier, Jean-Claude Carriere, Volker Schlöndorff
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 9, 2000


John Malkovich
as Abel Tiffauges
Gottfried John
as Chief Forrester
Armin Mueller-Stahl
as Count of Kaltenborn
Caspar Salmon
as Young Abel
Volker Spengler
as Reichsmarshall Herma...
Heino Ferch
as SS Officer Raufeisen
Dieter Laser
as Prof. Blattchen
Sasha Hanau
as Martine
Simon McBurney
as Brigadier
Luc Florian
as Prisoner of War
Laurent Spielvogel
as Prisoner of War
Marc Duvet
as Prisoner of War
Phillipe Stubelle
as Prisoner of War
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Critic Reviews for Der Unhold (The Ogre)

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

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

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

With his slightly cross- eyed gaze of wonderment mixed with ferocious intensity, Malkovich makes Abel both childlike and frightening.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

Haunting as the film is, it never feels quite cohesive.

Full Review… | June 25, 2008
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Astonishing, disturbing, and altogether an affecting piece of work, The Ogre is Schlondorff -- and everyone else involved -- working in top form.

Full Review… | December 3, 2003
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Der Unhold (The Ogre)

Persoanlly expected more from the director of The Tin Drum & Ulzhan, Way more

Arash Xak

Super Reviewer


Haunting as the film is, it never feels quite cohesive. Malkovich delivers, but the movie lacks continuity.

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