Die Wand (The Wall) Reviews

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February 26, 2019
Pölsler has created a captivating and emotionally compelling parable which harks back to an era when popular sci-fi functioned as a thoughtful and vital study of contemporary issues.
August 14, 2018
Pölsler creates the perfect quiet and isolated atmosphere and Gedeck really sells it. Hauntingly sad.
April 9, 2014
The widescreen images of the Austrian landscape and the lovingly lit cabin interiors are unfailingly gorgeous, but Gedeck's the key asset: her fine, expressive features do almost as daunting a job as the words, words, words we hear.
December 18, 2013
A heart-affecting tale of survival with a fierce and tender performance by Martina Gedeck.
November 5, 2013
The Wall is nothing if not a mystery. Surely the premise would propel such a story into the realm of sci-fi and fantasy, but Plsler and Gedeck never approach the story in this way, nor do they give us any easy answers to what has really happened and why.
September 21, 2013
Has any movie ever had so much gab on the soundtrack? Every confession, every philosophical tidbit of the movie's tormented female protagonist.
September 18, 2013
Bleak and beautiful, harrowing yet inspiring, "The Wall" ("Die Wand") is a stunning tale of isolation and survival in a wild and silent world.
September 12, 2013
An elegant, slow-burning exercise in narrative minimalism.
August 23, 2013
Plsler's film is quietly deliberate without ever feeling slow, thanks to a few handy assets at his disposal.
August 15, 2013
It's a shudder-inducing original.
July 11, 2013
July 8, 2013
If you surrender to the style and premise, it's a rich and immensely rewarding film that begs repeat viewing.
July 7, 2013
The sheer quantity of voiceover - or, more likely, subtitles - acts as a barrier to deep psychological immersion.
July 5, 2013
Starts with an interesting concept but goes nowhere with it, giving the viewer too little with which to relate or comprehend and asking them to mistake the clunky narrative as "deep."
July 5, 2013
The Wall is a riveting piece of cinema, and given it bears such a simplistic, obscure narrative, Plsler does a fine job holding down your attention throughout.
July 4, 2013
A beautifully photographed and elegantly handled existential drama.
July 4, 2013
A lover and a fighter. This will remind you to hold everything dear.
July 4, 2013
An elegant, stunningly photographed reflection on the human condition that is as odd as it is entrancing.
July 4, 2013
Julian Roman Plsler'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.
July 4, 2013
Call it a landlocked variant on Robinson Crusoe, but it's a hypnotic one, with a sense of mystery and interior life that are all its own.
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