Ah, school. Best days of your life. What’s strange is how you find the same sort of people and stories in every school: the ‘cool’ teacher, the misfit kid, the bullies, the couple who acted like they were practically married, the neo-fascistic school project that everyone in your class gets way too involved in, eventually leading to a violent showdown in a hall…
Yes, this week Lewis and I take a look at 2008’s The Wave (or Die Welle in Germany). Recommended by listener Jason Morgan, The Wave is a German film based on a social experiment from 1967. Ron Jones, a teacher in California, created a quasi-fascist group in a school to show how totalitarian beliefs can take root in Western society. The experiment had to be shut down as it proved too successful, with students taking the system much more seriously than Ron predicted.
The Wave transports the premise to modern-day Germany, and follows a group of typical teenagers during the course of the week-long experiment, showing how it changes them and the way they relate to each other and others outside the group.
Lewis and I found the idea of the film fascinating, but found the film as a whole a bit ‘TV movie’. Still, the performances are great and the idea has such power that there’s much to enjoy and find interesting.
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Anyway, without further ado, let us present our feature presentation:
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Director: Dennis Gansel Year of release: 2008 Studio/Distributor: Rat Pack Filmproduktion Country: Germany