Still reeling from his father’s death and struggling to reconnect with his mother (Bibiana Beglau), 17-year-old Anton (Ludwig Trepte) finds kindred spirits in the seductive Katja (Alice Dwyer) and her impulsive boyfriend, David (Frederick Lau), in this tense psychological drama. The newfound friendship exposes a startling secret about the couple, but it also turns Anton’s summer vacation into an unforgettable coming-of-age experience.
Similar in tone to Haneke's "Austrian School" of unnerving filmaking, the film succeeds in creating a pervasive unease throughout, primarily driven by impressive performances by the young cast and the lush landscape photography. Ultimately not quite as effective or disturbing as Ozon's "See the Sea", but a worthwhile contender in the realm of psychological thrillers nonetheless.
This is a seriously creepy little film. It's like a Freudian nightmare. A sense of dread permeates nearly every scene. The film seems influenced by films from Tarkovski, Von Trier, Haneke, and Polanski; however, it is also unique enough to feel fresh. I think Wolfgang Fischer is a promising new director to watch.