The Wall (12A)

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Drama

The Wall

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Tue Jul 2 2013

Sylvia Plath meets ‘The Twilight Zone’ in this arresting combination of high-concept sci-fi and philosophical thinkpiece, adapted from a famed 1962 Austrian novel. Leading German actress Martina Gedeck delivers a solo tour-de-force as the single woman whose sojourn in her friends’ Alpine hunting-lodge becomes an unending nightmare when an invisible wall pens her in, and nobody comes to her rescue. If she’s the last woman left on Earth, what gives her life meaning? Documenting her daily survival in a journal provides the beginning of an answer, as this mesmerising, austere and contemplative film provides a rarefied yet utterly immersive viewing experience.

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Rated:

12A

UK release:

Fri Jul 5, 2013

Duration:

108 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Julian Pölsler

Screenwriter:

Julian Pölsler

Cast:

Ulrike Beimpold, Martina Gedeck, Wolfgang M. Bauer

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Robert Evans

Best described as an existential under the dome. We watch mesmerised as Martina Gedeck's character becomes increasingly compressed and internalised. This film perfectly illustrates the wonders that can be produced with a miniscule budget, no cgi and it's central mystery left satisfyingly intact. The focus of our attention has to through extraordinary circumstances completely reconfigure her persona, a fascinating process made riveting by a striped to the bone performance by Ms. Gedeck. This chamber piece is set against the magnificant backdrop of the Austrian Alps that ironically manages to intensify the all-pervading claustrophobia of the protaganist's predicament. Admittedly, the film is not perfect, the philosophical ramblings are a tad tedious. However, to quote Agent Cooper: ‘I have no idea where this will lead us. But I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange’.