Der Unhold (The Ogre)
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Volker Schlondorff's English-language drama, based on the novel "The Erl King" by Michel Tournier, is a fanciful look at events in Nazi Germany during the years leading up to the Second World War. John Malkovich, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Marianne Sagebrecht and Heino Ferch star.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Schlöndorff and Jean-Claude Carrière find in Michel Tournier's novel a companion piece to their earlier Günter Grass adaptation, The Tin Drum."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Haunting as the film is, it never feels quite cohesive."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Schlondorff has said he built the film around Malkovich, and the actor lives up to the responsibility."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Examiner
"Episodic and vaguely surreal, it is the antithesis of a Hollywood film that tells us what to feel. Having unfolded an ever-widening series of moral questions, it deliberately leaves them hanging."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Astonishing, disturbing, and altogether an affecting piece of work, The Ogre is Schlondorff -- and everyone else involved -- working in top form."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"With his slightly cross- eyed gaze of wonderment mixed with ferocious intensity, Malkovich makes Abel both childlike and frightening."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"From its awkward childhood prologue, which features painfully bad acting, to its title character, a simple-minded, large-of-stature man played by the most intellectual-seeming and average-sized of actors (John Malkovich), The Ogre is ill conceived."
‑ Melissa Morrison, Boxoffice Magazine
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