In a Glass Cage (Tras el cristal) Reviews

  • Oct 05, 2020

    idk; i get it. the subject matter is incredibly disturbing & you knew that it was going to be right out of the gate. that very first scene definitely set a precedent. however, i'm not sure i'd put this on the same list as other disturbing titles, which i'll choose to not name. they never show anything, they only talk about it. so, yes - still disturbing subject matter & depending on how active your imagination is, could really get to you. but IMO this wasn't that good/bad (however you want to look at it).

    idk; i get it. the subject matter is incredibly disturbing & you knew that it was going to be right out of the gate. that very first scene definitely set a precedent. however, i'm not sure i'd put this on the same list as other disturbing titles, which i'll choose to not name. they never show anything, they only talk about it. so, yes - still disturbing subject matter & depending on how active your imagination is, could really get to you. but IMO this wasn't that good/bad (however you want to look at it).

  • Aug 03, 2017

    Deeply unsettling... a thought-provoking portrayal of obsession and cycles of abuse. It's a moody slow burn that gets under your skin. Very well done and featuring some truly chilling performances. Although I really wish we saw a bit more backstory for Angelo... his behavior isn't terribly well explained and he feels slightly flat as a result. It also feels longer than necessary, and combined with the constant overbearing grim mood it's a bit challenging to get through in one sitting. I've heard this described as "extreme horror" and I don't think it is exactly, but it is incredibly disturbing and its portrayal of child abuse can make this hard to watch. The horror feels very real even when the show descends into an almost dream-like state. Ultimately a pretty depressing watch.

    Deeply unsettling... a thought-provoking portrayal of obsession and cycles of abuse. It's a moody slow burn that gets under your skin. Very well done and featuring some truly chilling performances. Although I really wish we saw a bit more backstory for Angelo... his behavior isn't terribly well explained and he feels slightly flat as a result. It also feels longer than necessary, and combined with the constant overbearing grim mood it's a bit challenging to get through in one sitting. I've heard this described as "extreme horror" and I don't think it is exactly, but it is incredibly disturbing and its portrayal of child abuse can make this hard to watch. The horror feels very real even when the show descends into an almost dream-like state. Ultimately a pretty depressing watch.

  • Jun 11, 2016

    The cruel and compelling images of In a Glass Cage will affect viewers differently. I was constantly reminded of the sadistic and depraved behavior of Nazi doctors, their twisted compulsion to document their actions, and the cancerous legacy they left to a world forced to grapple with them. In A Glass Cage imagines a scenario where a boy victimized by such a Nazi doctor suffers some sort of PTSD and becomes a monster himself. Presented in the style of a grim thriller, the film ultimately crumbles under the weight of the subject matter it depicts. Theses kinds of films are valuable mainly as a way to remind society of man's capacity for evil.

    The cruel and compelling images of In a Glass Cage will affect viewers differently. I was constantly reminded of the sadistic and depraved behavior of Nazi doctors, their twisted compulsion to document their actions, and the cancerous legacy they left to a world forced to grapple with them. In A Glass Cage imagines a scenario where a boy victimized by such a Nazi doctor suffers some sort of PTSD and becomes a monster himself. Presented in the style of a grim thriller, the film ultimately crumbles under the weight of the subject matter it depicts. Theses kinds of films are valuable mainly as a way to remind society of man's capacity for evil.

  • Jul 23, 2015

    It's very rare that you see a movie which is able to shock and disgust you, but is also impossible to look away from. Such is the case with In a Glass Cage, a story of cold, calculating retribution. Creating a dark, bleak, foreboding atmosphere, our lead characters exist within a world where the past is inescapable, and can hold a grudge longer than any mortal being. We follow Angelo, a haunting performance by David Sust, as he aims to exact a slow and cruel revenge on the man that left an indelible mark upon his pre-teen years. The first half builds up the tension and discomfort, and the second half sees it being unleashed full force upon the man in the eponymous cage. The music is simplistic and chilling, and the repetitive clunking of the Iron Lung represents the grinding clock of wasted time, ticking down the seconds of the family's hollow existence. It does grow quite monotonous in the third act, and will likely have you checking your watch more and more often, but what will hold your attention is the creepy central performance, which grows increasingly more disturbed but never goes over the top, holding back until the character can fulfil his plan. It's a film that examines isolation, regret, war atrocities, euthanasia and how the horrors experienced during childhood can follow through to adulthood, often with disastrous consequences.

    It's very rare that you see a movie which is able to shock and disgust you, but is also impossible to look away from. Such is the case with In a Glass Cage, a story of cold, calculating retribution. Creating a dark, bleak, foreboding atmosphere, our lead characters exist within a world where the past is inescapable, and can hold a grudge longer than any mortal being. We follow Angelo, a haunting performance by David Sust, as he aims to exact a slow and cruel revenge on the man that left an indelible mark upon his pre-teen years. The first half builds up the tension and discomfort, and the second half sees it being unleashed full force upon the man in the eponymous cage. The music is simplistic and chilling, and the repetitive clunking of the Iron Lung represents the grinding clock of wasted time, ticking down the seconds of the family's hollow existence. It does grow quite monotonous in the third act, and will likely have you checking your watch more and more often, but what will hold your attention is the creepy central performance, which grows increasingly more disturbed but never goes over the top, holding back until the character can fulfil his plan. It's a film that examines isolation, regret, war atrocities, euthanasia and how the horrors experienced during childhood can follow through to adulthood, often with disastrous consequences.

  • Apr 10, 2015

    Fairly thin on plot but at least makes up for it in part by being still genuinely horrifying even 30 years later

    Fairly thin on plot but at least makes up for it in part by being still genuinely horrifying even 30 years later

  • Jan 24, 2015

    Intense, flawless performance by David Sust, complex well achieved Angelo, suspense all over the film, a trastornated mind that will remind Günter of the past long gone...

    Intense, flawless performance by David Sust, complex well achieved Angelo, suspense all over the film, a trastornated mind that will remind Günter of the past long gone...

  • Feb 13, 2014

    Great visuals to accompany a horribly morbid story.

    Great visuals to accompany a horribly morbid story.

  • Jan 23, 2014

    Dark and original. It may not serve a purpose, except to show you behind the walls of a psychopath or a complete monster.

    Dark and original. It may not serve a purpose, except to show you behind the walls of a psychopath or a complete monster.

  • Dec 20, 2013

    I'm not sure what to write about this film except that it will most certainly not be for everyone. This very dark and disturbing film is not so much a horror film as it is an examination of the psychological within the evil cruelty of humanity. This is not an easy-going film experience, but there are some potent ideas expressed. And, there can be no denying the quality of the production. Dark, disturbing, uncomfortable and horrific -- Villaronga has made a film you will not be able to forget.

    I'm not sure what to write about this film except that it will most certainly not be for everyone. This very dark and disturbing film is not so much a horror film as it is an examination of the psychological within the evil cruelty of humanity. This is not an easy-going film experience, but there are some potent ideas expressed. And, there can be no denying the quality of the production. Dark, disturbing, uncomfortable and horrific -- Villaronga has made a film you will not be able to forget.

  • Apr 14, 2013

    A Nazi doctor who abused of his position to molest young boys, escapes to Spain where he resumes his malevolent ways. After attempting suicide, guilt ridden by his crimes, he ends up paralysed and in an iron lung. When a nurse shows up at his house, initially he looks like a saviour, but eventually turns out to have darker motives, having found the doctor's diaries and being willing to continue his crimes. A dark and sexually charges as well as psychologically daunting film with a very heavy atmosphere. It's unfortunate that character background is disregarded, and as such, it often feels too exploitational of both the theme of paedophilia and the post-Franco years in which this Spanish film was released.

    A Nazi doctor who abused of his position to molest young boys, escapes to Spain where he resumes his malevolent ways. After attempting suicide, guilt ridden by his crimes, he ends up paralysed and in an iron lung. When a nurse shows up at his house, initially he looks like a saviour, but eventually turns out to have darker motives, having found the doctor's diaries and being willing to continue his crimes. A dark and sexually charges as well as psychologically daunting film with a very heavy atmosphere. It's unfortunate that character background is disregarded, and as such, it often feels too exploitational of both the theme of paedophilia and the post-Franco years in which this Spanish film was released.