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Naturally I thought of Stephen King's "THE DOME" (both the book and the cheap looking, seemingly endless CBS series with the god-awful music) as the movie began. But this is a different take on a similar premise with superior satisfaction and rewards for the viewer.
Gedeck delivers a tour-de-force performance as she endures all kinds of physical and psychological challenges when she discovers, to her horror, that she is trapped behind an invisible, impenetrable wall in a remote mountain area. This compelling, mind-bending adventure that's seasoned with philosophical, psychological and sci-fi elements kept me involved.
Based on Marlen Haushofer's highly-praised 1962 novel (the only novel of her works to be translated into English), THE WALL is the story of Gedeck's unnamed character -- The Woman -- who is vacationing in the stunning Austrian mountains when an invisible wall suddenly and inexplicably encompasses the countryside and cuts her off from the civilization she left behind. Though the blue sky, chirping birds and surrounding nature appear to be normal, The Woman is in fact cut of from all human contact and separated from the rest of the world. With her loyal dog Lynx as a sole companion, The Woman becomes immersed and enmeshed in a pristine world hardly touched by civilization and ruled only by the laws of nature, which prove to be both benign and dangerous.Read more ›
A woman is going to visit some friends who drop her off at their cabin, then go back into town to buy some more supplies. Their dog Lynx stays with her, even though there is no love lost between her and the dog.
We are enthralled by:
* Martina Gedeck ("Mostly Martha" and "The Lives of Others") is the poor gal who, after taking the dog for a walk in the woods, finds herself trapped by an invisible wall and neither she nor the dog can get out. Her friends are nowhere to be seen and she is now absolutely alone except for Lynx.
This tour de force shows us what Ms. Gedeck can do with NO makeup, NO love story, NO telephones, NO car crashes and NO Computer Generated Imaging. (There ARE three gunshots.) Her solitude is almost palpable, she never speaks, the only narrative comes as a voiceover when she is writing in her journal on scraps of paper she has found in her friends' cabin. She first writes with a pen, then with pencil, and finally is down to a stub. I couldn't help but worry about her supply of bullets, kerosene and matches. Eventually, her main concern becomes how to keep her humanity.
Filmed in the area around Salzkammergut, Austria, the scenery is breathtaking, the weather is chilly, and her spectacular surroundings emphasize her isolation. A cat shows up, along with a cow, so this foursome becomes almost inseparable.Read more ›
As I watched this movie my thoughts kept racing in different directions. I once lived alone in a forest, and although not cut off from civilization, could relate to living in the wilderness, the raw beauty, the mental and physical challenges, the communion with earth.
As a psychotherapist I also work with many individuals that could relate, the broken-hearted, the divorced, the widows and aged and those that live alone and have no family. I kept thinking about the many people that could identify with her situation, who feel alone even in the busy midst of civilization and all its trappings- who never stop long enough to truly discover themselves. And as a bereavement counselor for pet parents who have lost their pets, and as an animal lover, the loving scenes and the tragic scenes with her beloved pets were expertly portrayed. Hard to watch was the deer that was shot-I believe that was real- and the only negative in an otherwise good movie, if indeed a live animal was killed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was very slow-paced. It was also very interesting. The trailer made the movie look good and suspenseful. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dawn M. Chappie
I love this dvd and the novel. A sure best for surviving against all odds.Published 4 months ago by Donn B.
YOU SHOULD READ THE BOOK FIRST -- WELL DONE, BUT NOT FOR SPORTS OR ACTION NUTS..Published 4 months ago by Dennis K. Nelson
Interesting story. But it was disjointed and real conclusion at the end.Published 4 months ago by JOSE L VALIENTE
An amazing film that's based on an amazing novel. I'd love to see them both promoted in high school literature courses.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
brilliant, fascinating, Gedeck is a genius at conveying the inscrutable, the uncanny, inner life.Published 4 months ago by Douglas K. Shaeffer
The Wall is a remarkable movie coming out of Germany. The premise of the story is intriguing and a bit uncomfortable to contemplate, but... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Morgana Morgaine