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Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Wave (Die Welle) by Dennis Gansel, 2008

with Jürgen Vogel, Frederick Lau, Max Riemelt, Jennifer Ulrich, Christiane Paul, Jacob Matschenz, Cristina do Rego, Elyas M'Barek, Max Mauff

To give his students a real-world example of how dictatorships can grow powerful, a high school teacher starts a social experiment that gives some of his students a strong advantage while leaving others subservient and powerless.

Based on a real story, interestingly in the 70's in California, which means out of a historic context, it has traumatized a generation of high school students. As a book, it is studied in Germany to prove that it can happen again, if we are not careful about what we build for ourselves. What is changing in the movie, besides putting it in the present time, is that it is set in Germany. I do not know why this choice was made, and it has been dramatized at the end. Perhaps to make it more impact-full. The movie is excellent, well played, it develops very well the feelings of each students, the euphoria of belonging, the apprehension of other, the construction of an identity that makes sense, a logical building up of the rise. And the frontiers that are little by little built upon rules. Scary...


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