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Drama | Fantasy
Frame Rate:
23.976 fps
German 2.0  
Run Time:
108 min
IMDB Rating:
6.8 / 10 
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Directors: Julian P?lsler [Director] ,

Movie Description:
A woman inexplicably finds herself cut off from all human contact when an invisible, unyielding wall suddenly surrounds the countryside. Accompanied by her loyal dog Lynx, she becomes immersed in a world untouched by civilization and ruled by the laws of nature.


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A masterpiece

The writing, most of all- since this is a film that is as literary as it is visual- along with the direction, acting, setting, etc etc made this film, for me anyway, a deeply moving and astonishingly beautiful experience. It's a masterpiece, in my humble opinion.

A lesson in landscape cinematography, if little else

My first instinct after Die Wand had finished was to dismiss it as self-indulgent rubbish and give it a 3/10, whereas halfway through I was nicely into it where it probably deserved a 7. So halfway-house it is then.

What went wrong? After the mysterious setup of the invisible wall, and two excellent early scenes involving frozen neighbours and a car, the story winds down into solipsistic musing about the oneness of nature, which can be quite interesting. A monologue describing how the forest's thoughts are becoming one with her own was profound, putting into words something some of us may have felt from time to time.

Near the end there is a disappointing dramatic incident which feels contrived, and even then the story syncs back into its stoic pace: ultimately leaving us entirely underwhelmed. It must also be said that we (watching together with my partner) needed 3 evenings to get through the whole film, having had to break it up into three shorter parts as we always fell sleepy.

Regarding characterisation, it's typical of modern melancholic German drama: stark, sparse, stoic and frankly too monotone for the viewer to achieve much sentimental connection.

Recommended if:

  • you appreciate landscape cinematography filmed in the still-picture style. Almost every picture is a keeper.

  • you are interested in an oblique story about a woman's necessary connection with animals and nature, away from everything else.

  • you enjoy a really slow pace, with many long scenes where literally nothing happens other than inviting the viewer to soak up the atmosphere.

  • you prefer to objectively identify a film's strengths rather than subjectively enjoy the ride.

  • you have trouble getting to sleep.

Not recommended if:

  • you're tired of bland characterisation and dull pacing in German film.

  • you're expecting a sci-fi/supernatural mystery.

  • you like some kind of real-world explanation.

  • you prefer the camera work to offer more variety than the still-picture style.

  • you don't enjoy encrypting metaphor.

Slow and disappointing

The premise behind THE WALL, a German art-house movie, is a familiar one: an invisible barrier suddenly appears, trapping a woman (and her dog) in a rural valley, where she must learn to fend for herself against the elements and the dangers her new-found situation brings. This idea is nothing new, having been explored - at length - in Stephen King's UNDER THE DOME, and I actually explored it myself in a high school horror story I wrote back in the 1990s.

Unfortunately the execution of THE WALL turns out to be lacking, failing to effectively exploit the narrative scenarios that such a barrier would give rise to. Don't get me wrong, there are some chilling and effective scenes here, but 90% of the film seems to consist of the protagonist moping around and feeling sorry for herself.

A ponderous, often monotonous, narration does little to help things. You can't fault the acting here, and the cinematography is the best thing in it, really bringing out the isolation of the rural valley setting. But the character is uninteresting and the bizarre time frame, which jumps all over the place as the film progresses, is just confusing. Not so much I AM LEGEND as I AM DULL AND NOT AS GOOD AS I THINK I AM.
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