In the Basement (Im Keller)


In the Basement (Im Keller) (2015)


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Maverick director Seidl (DOG DAYS, the PARADISE trilogy) delves into yet another exploration of the dark underside of the human psyche with a look at Austrian basements fitted out as private domains for secrets and fetishes. No desire or proclivity is off limits to Seidl's camera, which takes in the opera-singing gunslinger, the Hitler-loving brass band, a hunter of exotic species, and the passionate devotees of S&M with an equal measure of curiosity and compassion.

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

In the Basement is a brisk, bracing, and often very funny film about the seeds of fascism in contemporary Austrian society.

Nov 19, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This often hilarious movie descends into the unseen spaces of Austrian homes - literally and figuratively - and creates a stage for their residents' fantasies of sex, violence and power.

Nov 6, 2015 | Full Review…

Make of it what you will, this off-the-wall film essay entertains hugely while it makes the audience squirm in their seats.

Nov 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Grabby and grubby in equal measure, this meticulously composed trawl through the contents of several middle-class Austrians' cellars yields more than a few startling discoveries.

Nov 5, 2015 | Full Review…
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Its interest is in private lives, in a single population, in subordinating the look and feel of its subjects to the aesthetic vision of their documenter.

Nov 3, 2015 | Full Review…

There's a pleasurable quality to [ director Ulrich] Seidl's direction even when what he's filming is repugnant. As with Haneke, it makes his provocations go down easier.

Feb 15, 2018 | Full Review…

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