The Wall

The Wall

DVD - 2013?
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A woman vacationing in the Austrian mountains discovers that she is separated from all human contact by an invisible barrier. With her loyal dog Lynx as her sole companion she undergoes an inward journey of growth and transcendence.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2013?]
Copyright Date: ©2013
Branch Call Number: DVD F WAL German
Characteristics: video file, DVD video, rda
digital, optical, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda

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wailuabob
Dec 04, 2016

Don't miss this wonderful film. A thoughtful reflection on the human condition offered to you quietly, sadly too I'm afraid. Best I've seen this year.

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Mythmaker35
Oct 28, 2015

There were some horrific and disturbing scenes that I was simply not prepared for. I prefer not to expose my mind to these things. However, I do think that on a whole this film was thoughtful, symbolic, and beautiful in both image and words. I realized some time after the movie ended that it was completely about the nature of loss and the stages of grieving. I recently suffered a personal loss and I feel The Wall captures the shock, the horror, the denial (her many returns to the wall), the permanence, the grief, and the acceptance perfectly. I forgave the horror in the film after this realization because this is the reality of loss.

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booksmile
Jul 02, 2015

A homesteading-survival-type drama. Beautiful scenery! But very depressing and dissatisfying.

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Nursebob
Dec 12, 2014

While visiting friends at their remote mountain cabin, a woman wakes up one morning to find herself alone with only the family dog as company. Believing her friends decided to spend the night in a nearby village she sets out on foot to find them only to discover her path blocked by an invisible wall. Her initial confusion and disbelief soon turns to panic when she realizes that not only is the wall everywhere but all signs of human activity on the other side of it have ceased; a few vehicles lay abandoned and an elderly couple in a neighbouring chalet seem frozen in time like a pair of domestic statues. With her world now confined to an alpine valley with accompanying meadow, woods, and all the wildlife therein, the woman slowly prepares herself for a very uncertain future. Julian Pölsler’s existential sci-fi drama, Austria’s official 2014 Oscars submission, poses a very intriguing question: if you separate a person from all the man-made constructs which delineate their life, both socially and culturally, and then set them up as the last human being in the universe, how will they go about defining themselves as human? With no one to compare themselves to, no societal conceits to dictate their actions, what new criteria will they use to determine their place in the scheme of things…and what new parameters will be imposed? In response to these weighty questions the woman’s makeshift diary traces a delicate spiritual awakening as her focus gradually shifts from quotidian concerns to zen-like acceptance when the true nature of her predicament becomes apparent. Although the rambling philosophical monologues occasionally become tedious (she has no one else to talk to after all) they never stray into banal navel-gazing territory. There is a crisp and insightful intelligence behind her inner dialogue which is given further power thanks to Martina Gedeck’s amazing performance and all those telling vistas of sunlit mountains and snow-dusted forests.

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candacechambers40
Nov 07, 2014

Thought it was a beautiful movie. yes it was depressing, but in reality, there is depressing situatios out there. in fiction, there is even more depressing possibilities. but if you are looking to escape into a world of joy, do not get this movie. if you want to learn about a mind blowing experience and what it means to really be alone then please watch. you are never as alone as this and you can watch the character find comfort in all that she is stuck with. boom.

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rkreed
Oct 03, 2014

very beautiful but oh so sad

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runwayman
Aug 23, 2014

I enjoyed this movie very much. It is not tidy, though. With no explanation of what is going on, the viewer can only follow the woman down her path of disbelief, despair and eventual acceptance of her total isolation from the outside world. It is beautifully shot and will stay with you long after you have finished watching it.

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altwein1950
Apr 17, 2014

"The Wall" is a meditation on being alone, combating loneliness and surviving. Cut off from the rest of the world the protagonist nourishes her soul, through the depths of winter, by journal writing. Extracts from it are used for the English voice over. High in the Austrian Alps she is able to keep herself alive through a cycle of chores including hunting. The German actress Martina Gedeck – of "Mostly Martha" and "The Lives of Others" fame – is superb. Rather then being entertaining, "The Wall" is slow, haunting and reflective. In the German speaking world, the novel of the same name, by the Austrian writer Marlen Haushofer, is considered a modern classic. It too is available, in translation through the VPL.

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dirtyfeet
Mar 07, 2014

I think this is a really beautiful movie. The premise is only absurd if you miss the point that is being made. This is a beautiful meditation on the place of human beings within nature. The acting is top notch, even by the animals that are in the film. Clearly not for everyone, and I respect the other opinions given but this is one of my favorite films. The book is something special too.

NightGoat72 Feb 23, 2014

I can't stand unnecessarily grim/morose/solemn - basically, artificially "serious" - movies like this. A lack of humor isn't tantamount to depth. The film's delusional denial of the fundamental absurdity of its premise destroys a huge amount of potential. All that's left here is a lot of cynical, puerile philosophical rumination.

Oh, and the beautiful scenery isn't done justice by the flat digital cinematography.

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