Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years just before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. The abused and suppressed children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery.
The disabled ex-soldier Andreas Pum lost a leg for emperor and father land. After leaving the army he receives a license and a drehorgel. One day he gets into a controversy with a ... See full summary »
Thierry van Werveke
Michael Haneke, the best filmmaker working today, expertly captures the abject, horrifyingly ridiculous, paranoia of Kafka in this, one on Hanake's least, still one of the best, films. The idea of that which is absurd, those things that fit in the realm of logic but defy the appreciation of the sane, is given full treatment here. Uhlrich Muhe, as the the completely confused and completely absorbed K., captures the essence of Kafka's confusing, dystopian world view. With the brilliant, brilliant, brilliant Susanne Lothar as Frieda, there are few ways to improve upon this movie. Although it may be challenging to do so, rent all of Michael Haneke's catalog and see all that modern cinema has to offer. These are films that belong to the rest of civilization as we know it.
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