Do you want a psychological thriller? Do you want to never go camping again? Do you want a mind-bending drama that will leave you haunted? If you answered yes (or no) to any of those questions, you should go see The Wall. It’s a visually stunning film directed by Julian Roman Polsler and starring Martina Gedeck as the nameless protagonist. The original dystopian novel of the same name was written by Marlen Haushofer and won the Arthur Schnitzler Prize in 1963.

The film’s official website Music Box Films, summarizes The Wall:

Martina Gedeck, star of the Academy Award®-winning film The Lives Of Others, brings a vivid intensity to this mysterious and riveting tale of survival set in a spectacularly beautiful Austrian mountain landscape. In a tour-de-force performance, Gedeck stars as an unnamed character who suddenly finds herself cut off from all human contact when an invisible, unyielding wall inexplicably surrounds the countryside where she is vacationing.  Accompanied by her loyal dog Lynx, she becomes immersed in a world untouched by civilization and ruled by the laws of nature. As she grapples with her bizarre circumstances, she begins an inward journey of spiritual growth and transcendence.  Based on Marlen Haushofer’s eponymous classic novel, The Wall is a gorgeous, mesmerizing adventure film that raises profound questions about humanity, solitude, and our relationship to the natural world.

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The New York Times raved, “Absorbing…a one-woman study of physical and mental survival!” Variety said, “Julian Roman Poelsler imbues his widescreen adaptation of the Marlen Haushofer novel with a certain visual majesty.”  New York Post called The Wall, “A captivating fable, an end-times scenario that’s more about the survival of the spirit than the body!”

The film is a two hour eye-candy feast, and will seriously make you think about never going camping ever again. Enjoy the trailer below!

Will you watch The Wall?

Gabbi Ewing is a rising junior studying Journalism as well as Film & Television at NYU. She is a New Jersey native who enjoys traveling, writing, skiing, and swimming. She hopes to travel the world, but her next adventure is taking her to Sydney, Australia to study with NYU. She aspires to work for National Geographic or Discovery Channel and to use her film, photography and writing skills to help people experience new cultures and places that they don't have the opportunity to travel to themselves.


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