Der Unhold (The Ogre)
Der Unhold (The Ogre) (1999)

Based on a novel by French author Michel Tournier, this drama chronicles the redemption of Abel, a French POW responsible for kidnapping dozens of young boys for recruitment by the Nazi SS during WW II. The film opens with black-and-white… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: May 9, 2000
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Schlöndorff and Jean-Claude Carrière find in Michel Tournier's novel a companion piece to their earlier Günter Grass adaptation, The Tin Drum.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Haunting as the film is, it never feels quite cohesive.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Examiner

Schlondorff has said he built the film around Malkovich, and the actor lives up to the responsibility.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

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.

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Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

Astonishing, disturbing, and altogether an affecting piece of work, The Ogre is Schlondorff -- and everyone else involved -- working in top form.

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

With his slightly cross- eyed gaze of wonderment mixed with ferocious intensity, Malkovich makes Abel both childlike and frightening.

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Melissa Morrison
Boxoffice Magazine

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.

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Arash Xak
Persoanlly expected more from the director of The Tin Drum & Ulzhan, Way more