Not my favorite Haneke flick, but still well-acted and beautifully shot (as always). This was Haneke's last time doing made-for-TV films while making theatrical films, THE CASTLE remains a transcendental mystery simliar to Welles' THE TRIAL.
You never know what you're going to get with Haneke. There are so many nice touches in this film that it hardly seems like a TV movie. Of course Ulrich Mühe is outstanding. If you haven't seen 'The Lives of Others', you simply must.
A profoundly frustrating experience... as it turns out it is supposed to be. I paused a pilgrimage through Haneke to read this book before watching it and found the book to be exhaustive. The film adaptation does it justice but it is something I wish never to rewatch.
I love Kafka's ellipses in time, a dream felt realistically lived. Perfect for Haneke's muted, Austrian mise-en-scène. Susanne Lothar is reminiscent of Altman's Shelley Duvall. An almost palpable coldness surrounds as love, in its strangeness, warms and eludes. Why's it gotta be unfinished?
'Allein sein bringt nur Strafen', schreibt Kafka in seinen Tagebüchern. So fühlt man sich mit K. und Ulrich Mühe auch am Ende. Auch ein Verdienst von Haneke, der immer nah an der originalen Vorlage bleibt, seine eigene Handschrift aber unübersehbar ist.