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Movie Review

‘The Wall’ a stunning tale of isolation

The strange tale of an invisible barrier and confronting great fears

Bleak and beautiful, harrowing yet also curiously stirring, “The Wall” (“Die Wand”) is a stunning tale of isolation and survival that unfolds in a wild and silent world.

Based on the 1963 novel by Marlen Haushofer, published two years after the Berlin Wall’s appearance, “The Wall” begins with a threadbare science fictional proposition which, in Hollywood’s hands, would disintegrate after the first reel. One sunny May, a middle-aged woman played by Martina Gedeck (“The Lives of Others,” “The Baader Meinhof Complex”), drives with a couple to a hunting lodge in a remote Austrian mountain valley. As a final ironic message from civilization, a pop song blares on the car stereo, “Freedom is a journey to yourself.”

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