An unnamed woman heads to the countryside intent on a quiet weekend in the mountains. On their arrival, the woman's friends Hugo and Louise head into the village, leaving the woman behind in the cabin. When she awakens from her nap, the woman finds herself trapped in the wilderness by this invisible wall, which has formed around her cabin, detaching the woman from the rest of humanity. Julian Polsler's The Wall is an exploration of solitude and survival. Taking place in the beautiful Austrian mountainside, The Wall is an existential examination of humanities place in nature, with the woman's loneliness only being subdued by the animals around her. During the opening sequence where the woman and her friends drive to the cabin, Juian Polsler brilliantly juxtaposes the silence of nature with the music in the car, establishing the disconnect between humanity and the rest of nature. After the initial hardships of living a primitive lifestyle subside, the Woman feels a great sense of tranquility, feeling free of modern societies stress-filled climate which gives this woman a true sense of self. There are lots of interesting discussion points throughout The Wall but the reminder that humanity is just another part of nature is particularly fascinating. Humanity's tendency to get lost in the noise of modern life, frequently forgetting the simplicity of our existence. Polsler argues that we have a major superiority complex over the rest of nature even though we have no right to feel this way. With lush landscapes and phenomenal lighting, The Wall is a gorgeous looking film with an interesting commentary on humanity and how our superior intelligence is truly a burden, hurting our ability to go with the flow of life and be truly calm in our ignorance like most animals.
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