Thursday, April 3, 2014
Stephen King novel), Under the Dome, with predictably tiresome results. However, THE WALL, adapted and directed by Julian Pölsler (shown below) from the novel by Marlen Haushofer, is the real thing: thoughtful, intelligent, surprising and riveting.
Martina Gedick, is taking a holiday in the country with elderly friends. They leave her with the care of the family dog, as they drive for a brief visit to a nearby town to get supplies and -- that's the last we (and she) ever see of them. When she goes out to investigate, she encounters the invisible wall, here, there, in various spots. This makes no sense. But it is here. Why? For how long? Who placed it? To what purpose? These are questions that soon become pointless to ask or even waste time worrying over.
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