One day, while rummaging through Netflix for something to occupy some downtime for me after a crazy week, I ran into a little film called, The Wall.
Lest you think that it’s Pink Floyd, don’t be mistaken. This piece of introspective, dystopian movie making is small, quiet, but oh so grand to look at, film that leaves you wondering how you would exist were you the last person in your world. Set in Austria, it is the story of a woman who accompanies her friends on a weekend trip to the cabin in the woods, and ends up living there much longer than she anticipated because….
…an invisible wall keeps her locked in, and she finds herself the last living human being, trapped in an invisible box..
Yep, sounds like hokey science fiction drivel. Surprisingly, it’s wonderful.
Based off the novel, Die Wand by Marlen Haushofer, this is a beautiful tale of a woman learning to be on her own, learning to be one with the land, learning about limitations and freedom, but it’s not done with a feminist twist. It’s just this woman’s story. (Read more about the softer side of preparedness fiction here.)
Told from the voice of the unnamed character, she shares the struggle of realization of her isolation, the struggle to learn to live with nature and take care of herself, and her dependence on the friendships she makes with her dog, Luchs, Bella the cow, and even the deer she must rely on for sustenance. While the story is told more about her learning to live with herself, we catch glimpses of her learning to live off the land by foraging, preserving, hunting, and farming.
I found myself telling her the next steps she should be taking when she first encounters her wall, seeing options only to be surprised by a twist in the story, and then quietly watching as she lives her life, discovers her strengths and weaknesses, and learns to live with nature.
I can say, at times, the narration become a little too introspective for me, because I was hoping for more practical rather than psychological storytelling, but I stuck it out and am glad I did. I’ll definitely be searching out the book because the practical side has a bigger part of the storyline.
If you’re a firm fan of action, this won’t be the film for you. But like Alone in the Wilderness, this really is a quiet, voyeuristic view into a life struggling to survive. I’m glad I had the opportunity to look in.
Catch it streaming on Netflix right now or the check out the book here on Amazon.
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Your Thoughts – what is a movie that has captivated you, lately?