Die Tür (The Door) Reviews
P.S. I wonder if behind the film's not being famous in the West is the fact that the film draws parallels with the influx of immigrants and the fear of European population to be replaced by them.
OK plot, OK excecution. I saw a version where I believe Mads was dubbed, it did not sound like his voice at least. It was very fluent German, though. It's not a big film in any matter, but never a poor one either. It's not really exciting and I don't feel gripped. Mikkelsen deserve better.
4.5 out of 10 pools.
It feels like a feature-length episode of the Twilight Zone and is reminiscent of such classics as "Invasion of the Body Snatchers".
Its most important aspect in my mind is its exposure of the inherently homicidal bent of those who would rewrite the past (think of "Back to the Future" again and ask yourself: who is the Marty McFly who enters the DeLorean in the final sequence? He's not anybody you know, because the Marty McFly you've seen never existed: he's been deleted by the time travel; though how someone who never existed managed to change the past is anybody's guess.)
The film involves some unromanticised adultery and some amount of violence, all of it called for. Annoyingly though, the main character smokes.
"The Door" won the Grand Prize at the Gerardmer Film Festival in 2010 (previous winners include "Let the Right One In", "The Orphanage", "The Bothersome Man", "Isolation" and "A Tale of Two Sisters.")
However, it all unravels towards the end. By trying to be too clever with the plot, holes start to appear. The movie becomes so complex it becomes hard to follow, and feels contrived. The ending is very unsatisfying.
Good performance by Mads Mikkelsen. Good support from Jessica Schwarz.