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The Castle (1997)
"Das Schloß" (original title)

 -  Drama | Mystery  -  October 1998 (USA)
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When a land surveyor arrives at a small snowy village, local authorities refuse to allow him to advance to the nearby castle. Increasingly complicated bureaucratic obstacles arise.

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When a land surveyor arrives at a small snowy village, local authorities refuse to allow him to advance to the nearby castle. Increasingly complicated bureaucratic obstacles arise.

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But what she said...
25 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is certainly not for everyone. Maybe for Haneke completists only.

It is based on one of Franz Kafka's three novels, and it can basically be described as a satirization of bureaucracy.

K (Ulrich Mühe - Georg in Funny Games) arrives for a job and is met with resistance. The next day two assistants arrive (one is Artur (Peter from Funny Games). K spends most of his time trying to get into the castle to do the work he was hired to do, but it seems he isn't needed.

He takes up with Frieda (Susanne Lothar - Anna from Funny Games, and the midwife in The White Ribbon).

From here it is surreal and confusing. He bounces from official to official never really getting anywhere.

Haneke and Kafka were made for each other.


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