The Ogre
Filmfest 2011

German Age Rating

Film Website

THE OGRE "poses knotty questions about good and evil and innocence and guilt, focusing many of them on an ambiguous (and pathetic) symbolic figure named Abel who narrates the movie. Mr. Schlöndorff treats this fantastical story as an Expressionistic fable with some scenes shot in sepia, others in color and still others in black and white. As Abel, Mr. Malkovich gives an understated performance that captures the ambiguity of a character who does monstrous things yet remains a tenderhearted innocent, a kind of idiot savant who identifies with children and animals. Mr. Malkovich, who speaks in the soft, halting voice of a man-child, moves through the film with a blankly questioning, slightly cross-eyed stare... THE OGRE has strong supporting performances by Armin Müller-Stahl as a count involved in a plot against Hitler, and Gottfried John, as Göring's fanatically loyal henchman and chief forester. " Stephen Holden, New York Times

tags: Feature film

Cast: John Malkovich, Gottfried John, Marianne Sägebrecht, Heino Ferch, Armin Müller-Stahl


Director: Volker Schlöndorff