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.
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 ...!
Although short of being a masterpiece Young Torless certainly asks some deep questions. A a tough coming-of-age engagement with the roots of Nazi Germany and much reflecting on the nature of evil. Criterion's version is in beautiful stark black and white. A worthwhile watch.
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.
This is the perfect reintroduction of German Cinema after the atrocities of WWII; the guilt and existential crisis that was surely felt all over is so very, very well portrayed in this work. While it isn't perfect, it is the perfect beginning to the Neue Deutsche Kino, and is also an excellent personal introduction to the movement.