Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Wave (2008)

In probing the underpinnings of fascism, The Wave is far from a social-studies lesson. As with his previous film, Before the Fall, director Dennis Gansel fashions an energetic, gripping drama that cuts through superficial ideological interrogatives and goes straight for the veins--the human psychologies and individual behaviors that contribute to collective movements. In unpeeling the emotional layers and contradictions of his characters (the need to belong, to be empowered, to escape social distinctions), Gansel offers a humanistic perspective on the terrifying irony that these students may welcome the very things they denounce.

Director: Dennis Gansel
Writers: Dennis Gansel and Todd Strasser
Stars: Jürgen Vogel, Frederick Lau and Max Riemelt
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