Die Wand (The Wall)

2013

Die Wand (The Wall)

Critics Consensus

Die Wand (The Wall) preserves its source material's thought-provoking themes -- and serves as a brilliant showcase for Martina Gedeck, whose performance carries the film.

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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 Die Wand (The Wall)

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (9)

  • Bleak and beautiful, harrowing yet inspiring, "The Wall" ("Die Wand") is a stunning tale of isolation and survival in a wild and silent world.

    Sep 18, 2013 | Full Review…
  • An elegant, slow-burning exercise in narrative minimalism.

    Sep 12, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Pölsler's film is quietly deliberate without ever feeling slow, thanks to a few handy assets at his disposal.

    Aug 23, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's a shudder-inducing original.

    Aug 15, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • A lover and a fighter. This will remind you to hold everything dear.

    Jul 4, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 4, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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Audience Reviews for Die Wand (The Wall)

  • Oct 15, 2014
    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.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 19, 2014
    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.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Jan 21, 2014
    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.
    Wildaly M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2014
    This is an excellent movie, but probably not for reasons related to the film itself. Granted, I found the film to be expertly made and absolutely compelling in its quiet dignity, what I like about the movie the most is the debate it creates about the events of the film. The film tells the story of this woman who's caught off from society by this invisible, and seemingly endless, wall and how she is forced to survive on her own with only her animals to keep her company. First things first, the movie is all about her thoughts and observations as she goes through this 'ordeal' and how her opinions about life and humanity change during the three years she's "stuck". So you could say that nothing much happens in the movie, as the movie only depends on The Woman's, her name is never given, observations and how she maintains herself occupied in this most unfortunate circumstance. So if you're someone who needs over-the-top acting and emotions in order to get into a movie, then you're barking up the wrong tree and you're gonna hate it. That's just plain and simple, this isn't a movie meant for everybody. It is a film, though, for those of us who value complex and thought-provoking storytelling and a beautiful Austrian landscape. If there's one thing this film will make you do, it's think about the observations The Woman puts forward and question life in general. There's some definite existentialism here and the movies raises has some very profound questions. And the most interesting part of the film itself is debating the events of the film itself and whether or not was the wall itself was a product of The Woman's own psyche and her disillusion with the life she was leading beforehand and how she wanted to completely remove herself from the society she once knew. Or whether the wall really did exist and some cataclysmic event DID happen that killed everyone outside of the wall itself. I think both theories are definitely very interesting and I don't think there's any wrong theory as to the film's events. There's enough mystery and intrigue that it's completely open to interpretation. The climactic scene, you'll know the one...it's the one where anything remotely "action-heavy" occurs, is certainly very symbolic and could imply that it was just a product of The Woman's own psyche as I think what happened represents everything she's grown to completely dislike about humankind. I also think there's a sense that The Woman, even if she could've been saved, she wouldn't have wanted to reintegrate herself back into society. I believe her actions in the climax prove that. All in all, if your favorite movie, of all time, is White Chicks then it's a fair assumption that you're gonna hate this movie. But I found it to be an insightful, intriguing story of survival in the strangest of circumstances. I don't think there are many movies out there quite like this one. Great stuff here.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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