At an Austrian boys’ boarding school in the early 1900s, shy, intelligent Törless observes the sadistic behavior of his fellow students, doing nothing to help a victimized classmate—until the torture goes too far. Young Törless is adapted from Robert Musil’s acclaimed novel.
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Brutal ... Lord of the Flies transplanted to an all-boys boarding school ... in which the boys desire and repel one another in the usual teenage manner ... and just when it gets most rapey and violent ... our protagonist pulls us all back from the sexploitation abyss using nothing but the power of his burgeoning intellect. There really ought to be a sequel to this film ... years after ... Prime Minister Torless ...!
Törless, dressed as a Nietzschean bellhop, examines the world in an analytical and detached fashion, using intellectualism to justify his fascination with human cruelty. After much ‘cape fluttering’ and philosophical brooding, he blows his moral circuitry and accepts responsibility for his inaction against evildoing. -- a visually traditional // ethically complex // fascist allegory.
a story of terrorism and torture with what seems like a WWII-apologist ending. the stoic antagonist who watches it all is very composed and pensive, and once it's all over he's censured by being sent back home.
Incontestablement original, mais de plus en plus minimaliste et sans aucune réelle émotion apparente. C'est fort dommage, mais superbe tout de même dans sa charmante nonchalance un peu désespérée et fataliste... www.cinefiches.com
Lo de Torless va más allá de la complicidad. El joven no solo contempla cómo la crueldad se manifiesta, sino que además la va asumiendo con cinismo. Por encima de su moral, está su curiosidad por la naturaleza de la humillación. Ve en la víctima y sus agresores como utensilios de su experimento. Esto lo turba, pero a su vez se deja arrastrar por cómo terminará todo esto. Ya para el juicio, todos parecen librarse.
interesting interpretation, but it's just missing so much (which, given the nature of the book, is probably inevitable). I can only see this as a complement to the book, rather than a film standing on its own.