The Wall


A film by Julian Roman Pölsler
Starring Martina Gedeck

The Wall is a mysterious, existential meditation that raises profound questions about humanity and our relationship to the natural world.

Based on Marlen Haushofer’s eponymous feminist classic novel, The Wall is a highly original exploration of solitude and survival set in a spectacularly beautiful Austrian mountain landscape.

Martina Gedeck, the brilliant interpreter of the Oscar-winning The Lives of Others, brings a rare and vivid intensity to her role as the unnamed lead character who inexplicably finds herself cut off from all human contact when an invisible, unyielding wall suddenly surrounds the countryside. Accompanied by her loyal dog Lynx, she becomes immersed in a world untouched by civilization and ruled by the laws of nature.

Riveting and emotionally involving from start to finish. Intensely cinematic. Gedeck’s performance is phenomenal. —Jonathan Romney, Screen International

A tale of a femme Robinson Crusoe …The Wall reps another showcase for the mesmerizing face of thesp Martina Gedeck. Julian Roman Poelsler imbues his widescreen adaptation of the Marlen Haushofer novel with a certain visual majesty. —Boyd van Hoeij, Variety


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Production Year
Countries of Production
Austria, Germany
Running Time
108 mins

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