Die Wand (The Wall)


Die Wand (The Wall)

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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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  • 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
  • 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…

    Xan Brooks

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  • This mesmerising, austere and contemplative film provides a rarefied yet utterly immersive viewing experience.

    Jul 3, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Die Wand (The Wall)


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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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 stranger
familiar stranger

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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
Wildaly M

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While this represents a somewhat deep philosophical reflection on humanity (one person's view), it is also ... quite simply... depressing. I can't say I enjoyed it, as much as I appreciated the message. We all have a choice in each action we take. That choice has an impact... sometimes good. sometimes bad. I found the first half rather interesting, but it soon became tiresome to me. I might have rated it higher had they shortened it a little.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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