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The Wall (2012)

Die Wand (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery | 5 October 2012 (Austria)
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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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Julian Pölsler (as Julian Roman Pölsler)

Writers:

Marlen Haushofer (novel), Julian Pölsler (as Julian Roman Pölsler)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Martina Gedeck ... Woman
Luchs Luchs ... Hund
Karlheinz Hackl ... Hugo (as Karl Heinz Hackl)
Ulrike Beimpold Ulrike Beimpold ... Luise
Julia Gschnitzer Julia Gschnitzer ... Cottager
Hans-Michael Rehberg ... Cottager
Wolfgang M. Bauer Wolfgang M. Bauer ... Man (as Wolfgang Maria Bauer)
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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. Written by Music Box Films

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Inside everyone lies a truth only the wilderness can reveal.

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Drama | Fantasy | Mystery

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Country:

Austria | Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

5 October 2012 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Salzkammergut, Austria

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,188, 2 June 2013

Gross USA:

$38,674
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of Austria to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category. See more »

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When she goes to bed for the first night, it's dark outside. Later she explains she went to bed at 9pm on this May day. It's nowhere near dark at 9pm in that region, especially with DST. See more »

Quotes

Woman: Now I am completely calm. I see a little bit further. I see this is not the end yet. Everything goes on. Taurus, Pearl and Luchs will not return. But something new is approaching, and I cannot escape it. The memory, the grief and the fear will remain and there will be hard work as long as I live.
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Bleak story, beautiful setting
28 January 2013 | by IndustriousAngelSee all my reviews

It's complete art-house fare but since the source material is one of Austria's great novels of the 20th century (it was written in the early 1960s) they gave this film a semi-wide release here in Austria. It's a last-woman-on-Earth-story - think about Robinson Crusoe, The Road, I am Legend, but very naturalistic except for the wall which traps the protagonist in a secluded alpine area. It was a bit toned down from the book - some of the more violent or disgusting passages were missing, I guess not to alienate the audience too much since the story is intense enough already. This seemed to work as WOM is quite good, everybody was discussing it on our way out. My son (who didn't know the book) was impressed too. Also left out were any references to the cold war which were not that important in the book to begin with; here the wall is more like a natural catastrophe and the story is much more timeless this way. From a technical POV this was excellent, filmed with a RED-to-35mm and much natural light I think. Most of the crew hail from TV productions but it's clearly visible how much fun they had with the wide format. Sound design was good too. Music was sparse, a few Bach sonatas. And I liked how they didn't color-grade the thing to death as happens sometimes (The Road, Children of Men ...) - the story is bleak enough without much fiddling - we get the message. The landscape, wood and winter sequences are just beautiful. Highly recommended if you're able to see this. Maybe it gets a foreign run; there's nearly no dialogue, most spoken text is just off-screen-quoting from her diary so subtitles or dubbing won't really take away much.


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