Die Wand (The Wall) Reviews

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.
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."
June 14, 2013
A German/Austrian import so weighed down by a stereotypically angst-ridden voiceover of emotional numbness and philosophical despair that one could be forgiven for thinking Werner Herzog wrote it as a goof.
June 7, 2013
An intriguing story, beautifully shot and grippingly acted. But the script retains too much of the novel in an annoyingly unnecessary voiceover. And writer-director Polsler visually botches some of the key events.
June 6, 2013
Haushofer's book may be a classic, but this is the least imaginative way of filming it imaginable, short of simply pointing the camera at a copy and rapidly flipping the pages.
May 28, 2013
Gedeck narrates in full paragraphs, explaining every feeling, telling us about moments it might have been nice to see dramatized.
May 27, 2013
We may find out how Gedeck's character reacts to her isolation, but we're never privy to her actual feelings, largely because in a film about a sudden onset of solitude, Plsler is far too afraid of silence.
October 24, 2012
Introspective but rarely cerebral, The Wall is too frustratingly obtuse despite boasting a solid central performance and lush visuals.