Parte bene nel creare un atmosfera ansiogena grazie al sapiente uso dei suoni e dei silenzi ( oltre che alla bellissima nina hoss) ma poi più va avanti e più peggiora a livello di sceneggiatura, il finale ( inaspettato si, ma nel senso che è talmente stupido che uno non poteva aspettarselo) è imbarazzante non solo xke sa di già visto ma perchè rende inutile tutta la complessità del plot precedentemente costruito
Christian Petzold is quietly one of the most interesting filmmakers working today. This film is drenched in atmosphere and Petzold wonderfully creates a sense of paranoia and delusion. It makes the twist ending earned and given all that came before it, I question how literally we're supposed to take it.
I read a spoiler, so I went into the film in a different way. Things that happened made sense in the overall picture. She's wearing the same shirt again! This movie had significantly less foreshadowing and obfuscation that you normally get in this situation. In that sense it was definitely more enjoyable.
9/10. Deeply impressive stuff. Informed my dreams and only grew on me further the next day. This isn't even a genre film. Or perhaps: this is a realistic genre film resisting simple classification. It's so subtle and restrained in its supernatural elements. Carried by a brilliant performance from Striesow, alongside Hoss. There is so much attention to details here.
Superbly written reformulation of CARNIVAL OF SOULS is full of scary silences that contribute to a thrilling revelation in the end. One of rare times that I immediately rewatched the film just too enjoy watching the mystery unravel over again. Impeccable nuanced acting by Nina Hoss, who communicated so much through her body language and eyes.
*Spoiler* The "all just a dream" trope and its variants often don't work because they tend to feel like a cheat. But on occasion a director can nail the cinematic depiction of the late comedian Bill Hicks' infamous quote: "There is no such thing as death. Life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves." I thought about this film for days afterward and concluded, "Yes!"