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Out of Order (1984)





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A stuck elevator is used as an allegory for modern German society in this provocative drama. Within the motionless box are four very different people. One is a light-fingered young courier, and another is an embezzler, while the other two are an unhappy couple on the verge of a breakup. Making it worse is the fact that the elevator seems to have a nasty mind of its own.


Kurt Raab
as Elevator Repair Man
Jan Groth
as Doorman
Ekmekyemez Firdevs
as Cleaning Woman
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Critic Reviews for Out of Order

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The action is adeptly handled, but there's just so much you can do with an elevator...

January 22, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Out of Order

An intense thriller set in a malfuncitoned elevator. The films packs a lot of character, suspense and action into such a small pace without ever crossing the line too the ridiculous. The fact that this is a German production probably helps. The actors are strong, the dialogue is realistic and the whole production department oozes the grim flair of the 1980s. The film develops interesting relationships between the characters that topicalise the usual suspects such as love and neglect, but adds some existential failure and politics to the mix, creating an allegory that is more than the perfect fit for the ever descending elevator of doom. Topped up with an unexpected shebang in the end, this is most definitely a very precious hidden gem.

Henrik Schunk
Henrik Schunk

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