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½ February 15, 2016
I guess Malkovich was too young in his career to be more discriminating.
½ June 13, 2014
This strange and original work is a French film about Nazi Germany done in English with a fine performance by Malkovich--A brilliant study in disparity!!
April 15, 2013
More interesting because its mythological reminiscences than for the execution of the story itself. Between 2.5 and 3.
December 5, 2012
Persoanlly expected more from the director of The Tin Drum & Ulzhan, Way more
½ May 13, 2012
Haunting as the film is, it never feels quite cohesive. Malkovich delivers, but the movie lacks continuity.
½ March 18, 2012
Pretty hardcore unless you like watching WWII and Malcovich... Never released in the the U.S. or United Kingdom.
½ February 20, 2012
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 26, 2011
I watched 20 minutes of this and then just decided that I didn't want to watch any more, even if I am a fan of John Malkovich.
October 6, 2010
i like this movie. it's a little hard to find though
½ July 15, 2010
Haunting as the film is, it never feels quite cohesive. Malkovich delivers, but the movie lacks continuity.
December 22, 2009
Usually neither the critics nor the Film historians who are interested in the german author cinema are referring to this movie and it was also a big failure in the cinemas,Schl├Ândorff himself,in a newly released edition of his films (2009) has selected 9 films of almost 30 to be included in the new edition as the highlights of his total work in 40 years and The Ogre was not included,although in fact, i think in this film Schl├Ândorff has achieved the completeness which he failed to reach after the outbreak of his highly admired masterpiece "Die Blechtrommel" 1979 . The Ogre is a good film by all means,the stunning John Malkovich played one of his most brilliant roles ever ,the script is awesome and luckily it was not inflicted by the usual Schl├Ândorff's political Engagement which has led in many of his films to unpleasant results , naive,direct and high oriented plots ( The Legend of Rita,Coup de Grace,The lost honor of Katharine Blum ) .The Ogre is also unique in terms that it has allowed Schl├Ândorff to show his own creativity, his own visual authenticity which was always not clear,sticking intimately to the original literal Texts which most of Schl├Ândorff films are based upon and on account of this were many critics suspicious about his authenticity .
the music of Michael Nyman is inimitable and it played an essential role in visualizing the story.
November 20, 2009
A dark portrait of a French weird man (Malkovich) that worked for the Nazis recruiting German boys in a Nazi youth camp during World War II. (fucking nazis).
½ November 15, 2009
Vale la pena. Y la actuacݡn de Malkovich, como siempre, genial.
October 28, 2009
John Malkovich is superb playing a simple-minded French mechanic who becomes a prisoner-of-war during WWII. He's sent on a work detail first at Herman Goering's private hunting estate and then to a private Nazi Youth school. He's most comfortable with children so when he gets to the school he feels like he's come "home". Eventually the full horror of war comes to the school and his comfortable "illusion" is destroyed. The movie ends with a firestorm battle that is one of the last in the war. The supporting actors boast the cream of Germany's character actors.
June 27, 2009
Bello. Romantico. Ambiguo.
½ June 19, 2009
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 Schl÷ndorff, 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.
arashxak
Super Reviewer
May 2, 2009
Persoanlly expected more from the director of The Tin Drum & Ulzhan, Way more
January 31, 2009
Just a really great film
November 22, 2008
Not the type of movie I'd usually rent, this was great. It totally messes with your levels regarding the Nazi world-view, as you encounter it from Abel's fantastical paradigm. A man who goes through life beleiving that fate will save him if he just wishes for it, the Nazis come along at a time when he needs to get out and get away from the situation he's in.

It really is almost like a fantasy, as you watch Abel buffeted along, unquestionably following where fate/history has taken him. The cinamatography is also quite something, switching between scratchy black and white/sepia, and full colour.
May 2, 2008
A disturbing movie...
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