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The Lives of Others (movie)

Movie review: 'The Wall' makes isolation work

Movie review: 'The Wall' makes isolation work

"The Wall" is a remarkably involving film, especially given its brave, self-imposed limitations. Writer-director Julian Roman Pölser, working with the superb Martina Gedeck ("The Lives of Others") — in effect, the movie's sole actor — has crafted a gripping tale of survival, loss, fate and other big themes, all wrapped up in a deceptively basic story.

Gedeck's unnamed character, let's call her "the woman," finds herself alone in the scenic Austrian mountains after Hugo and Luise, the older couple she's traveled there with, set off for a walk into the village and never return. The woman is left with her friends' sturdy hound, Lynx, and their...

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