Like some dark fairy tale, Volker Schlondorff’s latest film follows Abel (Malkovich), a childlike Frenchman on an odyssey through World War II. From internment in a POW camp to a job naively rounding up young boys for a Hitler Youth camp, Abel slowly becomes absorbed in Nazi life — allowing Schlondorff to explore a familiar evil from the fresh perspective of an innocent.
(0:50) In a graphic display of wanton Nazi arrogance, a heavily armed hunting party slaughters countless deer and wild boar.
The Last Detail
This film perfectly accompanies The Tin Drum, Schlondorff’s film about a small boy who refuses to grow while Hitler is in power.