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

Der Unhold (The Ogre) (1999)

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Abel is in France during WW II and is falsely accused and convicted of rape. During the war he is freed by German invaders who give him a job riding out to kidnap boys suitable for being trained in the SS. Eventually Abel gets a chance to redeem himself.
Rating:
R (for some violence/disturbing images and a scene of sexuality)
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
Directed By:
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In Theaters:
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Studio:
Kino

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Cast

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 Hermann Goring
Heino Ferch
as SS Officer Raufeisen
Dieter Laser
as Prof. Blattchen
Agnès Soral
as Rachel
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 (9) | Top Critics (3)

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

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

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.

Full Review… | January 29, 2003
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Der Unhold (The Ogre)

½

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

Pete Skeris
Pete Skeris
½

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.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo
½

The Ogre. Interesting movie but not a great film like other indicate. It is a 1996 film based on the 1970 French novel by Michel Tournier, Le Roi des aulnes (English: The Ogre a.k.a. The Erl King). Directed by Volker Schlöndorff, it stars John Malkovich as a simple man who recruits children to be Nazis in the belief that he is protecting them.Falsely suspected as child molester, he's recruited as a soldier in the 2nd World War, but very soon he is taken prisoner of war. After shortly serving in Goerings hunting lodge, he becomes the dogsbody in Kaltenborn Castle, an elite training camp for German boys. Completely happy to take care of these children, he becomes a servant of Nazism, catching boys from the area as supplies for the camp. Ultimately this simple mans desire to be with and help children leads him to train Hitler cadet youth (some of whom he has stolen from their parents) to kill and and serve the Fuhrer. Its very well done (produced)and authentic. Malkovich is great but at the end I began to lose interest. Ogre is a strange but original work. It is a French production about Nazi Germany. English no subtitles. It is certainly a work of art, dark, somewhat choppy, with a very strange point of view. I dont rate it as highly as some but it is well worth watching. Three or four stars.

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