‘The Wall’ a stunning tale of isolation

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Bleak and beautiful, harrowing yet inspiring, “The Wall” (“Die Wand”) is a stunning tale of isolation and survival 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. A middle-aged woman played by Martina Gedeck (“The Lives of Others” and “The Baader Meinhof Complex”), drives with another couple to a hunting lodge in a remote Austrian mountain valley.

Her friends walk into town. The next day, she sets out to find them, only to confront an invisible barrier in all directions. When she touches it, the wall buzzes like an impenetrable electric fence.

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