The Wall
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Based on Marlen Haushofer's eponymous feminist classic novel, THE WALL is a highly original exploration of the experience of solitude and survival set in a spectacularly beautiful Austrian mountain landscape. Martina Gedeck, the brilliant interpreter of the Oscar-winning The Lives Of Others, brings a rare and vivid intensity to her role as the unnamed lead character in this contemporary female Robinson Crusoe tale. --(c) Music Box Films

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Bleak and beautiful, harrowing yet inspiring, "The Wall" ("Die Wand") is a stunning tale of isolation and survival in a wild and silent world."
‑ Ethan Gilsdorf, Boston Globe
"It's a shudder-inducing original."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"The widescreen images of the Austrian landscape and the lovingly lit cabin interiors are unfailingly gorgeous, but Gedeck's the key asset: her fine, expressive features do almost as daunting a job as the words, words, words we hear."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"Has any movie ever had so much gab on the soundtrack? Every confession, every philosophical tidbit of the movie's tormented female protagonist."
‑ Gerald Peary, Arts Fuse
"Starts with an interesting concept but goes nowhere with it, giving the viewer too little with which to relate or comprehend and asking them to mistake the clunky narrative as "deep.""
‑ Brian Tallerico,
"An elegant, slow-burning exercise in narrative minimalism."
‑ Drew Hunt, Chicago Reader
"This mesmerising, austere and contemplative film provides a rarefied yet utterly immersive viewing experience."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"A heart-affecting tale of survival with a fierce and tender performance by Martina Gedeck."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"If you surrender to the style and premise, it's a rich and immensely rewarding film that begs repeat viewing."
‑ Stephanie King, Electric Sheep
"The Wall is a riveting piece of cinema, and given it bears such a simplistic, obscure narrative, Pölsler does a fine job holding down your attention throughout."
‑ Stefan Pape, HeyUGuys
"Pölsler's film is quietly deliberate without ever feeling slow, thanks to a few handy assets at his disposal."
‑ Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
"A remarkably involving film, especially given its brave, self-imposed limitations."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"The Wall is nothing if not a mystery. Surely the premise would propel such a story into the realm of sci-fi and fantasy, but Pölsler and Gedeck never approach the story in this way, nor do they give us any easy answers to what has really happened and why."
‑ J.C. Maçek III, PopMatters
"The sheer quantity of voiceover - or, more likely, subtitles - acts as a barrier to deep psychological immersion."
‑ Catherine Shoard, Observer [UK]
"A beautifully photographed and elegantly handled existential drama."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
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