7.0/10
1,958
13 user 20 critic

The Ogre (1996)

Der Unhold (original title)
Frenchman Abel Tiffauges likes children, and wants to protect them against the grown-ups. Falsely suspected as child molester, he's recruited as a soldier in the 2nd World War, but very ... See full summary »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Ninth Day (2004)
Drama | Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A drama loosely based on Jean Bernard's Nazi-era prison diary.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Ulrich Matthes, August Diehl, Hilmar Thate
Calm at Sea (2011)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A teenager joins the resistance in Nazi-occupied France during World War II.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Léo-Paul Salmain, Marc Barbé, Ulrich Matthes
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A countess' unrequited love for an army officer leads to disaster.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Matthias Habich, Margarethe von Trotta, Rüdiger Kirschstein
Ulzhan (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Somewhere in the endless steppes of Central Asia lies a treasure. One man holds the key to it, a fragment of an ancient map. But in his restless quest, Charles isn't looking for fame or ... See full summary »

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Philippe Torreton, Ayanat Ksenbai, David Bennent
Strike (2006)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A nearly illiterate woman becomes one of the founders of Poland's Solidarity union.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Katharina Thalbach, Dominique Horwitz, Andrzej Chyra
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A young woman's life is scrutinized by police and tabloid press after she spends the night with a suspected terrorist.

Directors: Volker Schlöndorff, Margarethe von Trotta
Stars: Angela Winkler, Mario Adorf, Dieter Laser
A Free Woman (1972)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A divorced woman in her thirties fights a losing battle in Munich to attain belated self-fulfillment. The die is cast in a briskly impersonal society geared to male dominance and early training for career women.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Maria Brunner, Wolfgang Bächler, Ute Ellin
The Candidate (1980)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In 1980 Franz Josef Strauss competed against Helmut Schmidt for the Office of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Directors: Stefan Aust, Alexander Kluge, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Wolf Biermann, Karl Carstens, Edmund Stoiber
Gabbeh (1996)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An elderly couple go about their routine of cleaning their gabbeh (a intricately-designed rug), while bickering gently with each other. Magically, a young woman appears, helping the two ... See full summary »

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Stars: Shaghayeh Djodat, Hossein Moharami, Rogheih Moharami
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Rita Vogt is a radical West German terrorist who abandons the revolution and settles in East Germany with a new identity provided by the East German secret service. She lives in constant ... See full summary »

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Bibiana Beglau, Richard Kropf, Martin Wuttke
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Laschen, a German journalist, travels to the city of Beirut during the fights between Christians and Palestinians to produce an essay about the situation. Together with his photographer, he... See full summary »

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Bruno Ganz, Hanna Schygulla, Jean Carmet
L'ogre (1986)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Director: Simon Edelstein
Stars: Roland Amstutz, Marcel Bozzuffi, Juliette Brac
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Count von Kaltenborn
...
Chief Forester
...
Frau Netta
...
...
SS-Officer Raufeisen
...
Professor Blättchen
...
Rachel
Sasha Hanau ...
Martine
Luc Florian ...
Prisoner of War
Laurent Spielvogel ...
Prisoner of War
Marc Duret ...
Prisoner of War
Philippe Sturbelle ...
Prisoner of War
...
Lawyer
Jacques Ciron ...
State Attorney
Edit

Storyline

Frenchman Abel Tiffauges likes children, and wants to protect them against the grown-ups. Falsely suspected as child molester, he's recruited as a soldier in the 2nd World War, but very soon he is taken prisoner of war. After shortly serving in Goerings hunting lodge, he becomes the dogsbody in Kaltenborn Castle, an elite training camp for German boys. Completely happy to take care of these children, he becomes a servant of Nazism, catching boys from the area as supplies for the camp. Written by Frank Wallner <wallnerf@informatik.tu-muenchen.de>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

| |

Release Date:

12 September 1996 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Le roi des aulnes  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,500 (USA) (11 December 1998)

Gross:

$49,166 (USA) (3 September 1999)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

Prior to the school fire, a caption says "Paris 1925". Upon his arrest as an adult, Abel, through his narration, remembers the fire as having happened "twenty years ago". This would place his adult scenes in 1945, but when he joins the French army after his arrest it is before the German occupation of Paris which would place his arrest in 1940. However, Abel is slow-witted and possibly does not have an accurate sense of time. See more »

Quotes

Count von Kaltenborn: This whole beautiful country, to which we have given our souls, is utterly doomed. It's going to be wiped out of human memory. Our entire heritage, even our name, our ancestors' names, wiped out, all wiped out!
See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood Profile: John Malkovich (1998) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A brilliant study in disparity (*****)

Known in English as "The Ogre" this has got to be John Malkovich's finest film to date. He plays an ignorant man, Abel, living in a small town at the dawn of the Nazi movement. He seems to be mentally slow, but emotionally heightened as has a great passion for the vitality of the children in the town. He is fond of photographing, especially children. However, due to a mis-understanding, because the people of the small town are so ignorant and afraid of the quiet lumbering Abel, he is sentenced to jail (undeservedly) for the crime of molesting a child. He is transferred to help with the war effort in France, and eventually comes to work for the Nazi party, "recruiting" children for the cause. He, however, does not seem to know what the Nazis stand for, or why he shouldn't be taking in children. He cares for the children as if they were his own, and is eventually persecuted for harbouring a young Jewish boy, which is when he begins to realise the ramifications of his plight.

A brilliantly scripted film (filmed in English despite the foreign origin). A must see. It saddens me, though that it is so difficult to find, and that it was never released in the US (as far as I know).

-jjj


13 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
So he did assault the little girl at the beginning? pro_aris_et_focis
Kaltenborn Castle and the SS schools Cantoris-2
Napola Cantoris-2
Did Abel learn anything? Cantoris-2
Discuss The Ogre (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?