The Wall Reviews

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Ray Pride
Newcity
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.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 18, 2013
A heart-affecting tale of survival with a fierce and tender performance by Martina Gedeck.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
J.C. Maçek III
PopMatters
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 Pölsler and Gedeck never approach the story in this way, nor do they give us any easy answers to what has really happened and why.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Ethan Gilsdorf
Boston Globe
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.
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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
September 12, 2013
An elegant, slow-burning exercise in narrative minimalism.
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
August 23, 2013
Pölsler's film is quietly deliberate without ever feeling slow, thanks to a few handy assets at his disposal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
August 15, 2013
It's a shudder-inducing original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
July 11, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stephanie King
Electric Sheep
July 8, 2013
If you surrender to the style and premise, it's a rich and immensely rewarding film that begs repeat viewing.
Stefan Pape
HeyUGuys
July 5, 2013
The Wall is a riveting piece of cinema, and given it bears such a simplistic, obscure narrative, Pölsler does a fine job holding down your attention throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
July 4, 2013
A beautifully photographed and elegantly handled existential drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Adam Lee Davies
Little White Lies
July 4, 2013
A lover and a fighter. This will remind you to hold everything dear.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
The List
July 4, 2013
An elegant, stunningly photographed reflection on the human condition that is as odd as it is entrancing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Xan Brooks
Guardian
July 4, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
July 3, 2013
This mesmerising, austere and contemplative film provides a rarefied yet utterly immersive viewing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Carmen Gray
Total Film
July 3, 2013
The story is slow-paced and eventless but the cinematography makes the most of the landscape, while voiceover diary readings give us access to her thoughts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
July 1, 2013
Bold and beautiful, this is a mystery worth puzzling over.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Staci Layne Wilson
Yahoo! Movies
June 17, 2013
The Wall is certainly [an] absorbing and intensely thought-provoking film.
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
June 13, 2013
Gedeck, the only human on screen for almost the entire film, and silent other than her voice-over, grounds this fantastical premise in gritty, blister-handed reality, tending to her chores and her animals.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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