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The Wall: Cleveland Museum of Art / Provenance Café

The Wall is a highly original exploration of the experience of solitude and survival set in a spectacularly beautiful Austrian mountain landscape. Martina Gedeck brings a rare and vivid intensity to her role in this contemporary female Robinson Crusoe tale. 

"Inside everyone lies a truth only the wilderness can reveal."

1:30 MOVIE Cleveland Museum of Art                                                                                     Admission is $9; CMA members, seniors 65 & over, and students $7.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Parking: Attached parking garage: $6 for 31 minutes to 2 hours; $1 per 30 minutes thereafter to $12 max. $5 for CMA members.

Street parking is also available around University Circle.

3:30 EATS/DISCUSSION Provenance Café in the museum.

We can choose from a selection of locally sourced, seasonal items and enjoy them in the beautiful Atrium while we discuss the film.


Martina Gedeck, star of the Academy Award®-winning film The Lives Of Others, brings a vivid intensity to this mysterious and riveting tale of survival set in the Alps. In a tour-de-force performance, Gedeck stars as an unnamed character who suddenly finds herself cut off from all human contact when an invisible, unyielding wall inexplicably surrounds the countryside where she is vacationing. Accompanied by her loyal dog Lynx, she becomes immersed in a world untouched by civilization and ruled by the laws of nature. As she grapples with her bizarre circumstances, she begins an inward journey of spiritual growth and transcendence. Based on Marlen Haushofer's eponymous classic novel, The Wall is a gorgeous, mesmerizing adventure film that raises profound questions about humanity, solitude, and our relationship to the natural world.                                                                                                            

Directed by Julian Roman Polsler. With Martina Gedeck (The Lives of Others). Austria/Germany, 2012, color, subtitles, Blu-ray, 108 minutes. 

 "An elegant, stunningly photographed reflection on the human condition that is as odd as it is entrancing."                     ~Alan Hunter, The List


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  • Harlan

    Glad i saw it. Not sure who i'd recommend it to. The more I reflect on the movie and read about the author, the more I think the movie was exactly what it was: a movie about a woman whio was cut off from society by an invisible wall. No particular symbolism or deeper message. I saw some reviews ascribe a feminist theme, but it seems most of her work is about the same as this - how interaction with (or isolation from) society defines us as humans. It seems the book was a little clearer on the premise that the world has essentially ended and only what is inside the wall has survived, but equally ambiguous about the ending; maybe it is easier to accept the perspective of someone writing a diary while a movie always requires a film maker (and an audience). Looking forward to the next movie and seeing and talking to you again...

    September 17, 2013

  • Lynda

    Though it had imperfections and an odd premise, I found this film to be a hauntingly beautiful experience. The stunning photography and lovely background music made it very fitting to be shown in a museum of art.
    Putting the movie's premise aside, I really admired many subtle nuances: the mood of that gorgeous setting, the way sound ceased if we were viewing from the other side of the "wall," the woman's face (and the dog's face!) reflecting what was happening and her thoughts about it.
    While spending one's life totally alone would appeal to very few, I feel that the idea of solitude affects each of us to a different degree--which accounts for the wide variance of reactions to this film. One good thing: it gave all of us something to think about!

    This was my third time eating at Provenance Café and I have to say, I feel the food is overpriced and not that great. However, it's very handy and a lovely location for a post-film discussion.

    1 · September 16, 2013

  • Mick

    Enjoyed the movie and the thoughtful discussion afterward. A wonderful venue as well. Thanks for setting this up!

    September 16, 2013

  • Renu

    I found the movie creepy –kind of like a horror movie—and I just figured out why: The woman in the film was condemned to living alone in the wilderness and she had to figure out a way to survive. Thoreau (Walden)chose this lifestyle for a period of time and could have stopped it at anytime. However, cinematography and acting was good. It was good to talk about it with the group and the atrium was a great place to meet. Thanks to Lynda for organizing.

    September 15, 2013

  • Karen

    The movie was depressing and not my cup of tea. However, it was nice to see everyone and have good conversation afterwards.

    September 15, 2013

  • Mary

    Very dark and haunting but leaves you with much to talk about

    September 15, 2013

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