The Wall


Mon 21 Oct 2013, 6:30pm


Submitted by Pat P on

Hi Brian, you said the film questioned the need for human contact. Did it give any answers? Very interesting that it was based on a book by someone who later committed suicide, and an eminent psychiatrist saying it was a "textbook" description of clinical depression. I wonder if the author was writing about their own isolation?
This film sounds like a perfect choice for the psychiatrists who wanted to be part of the Film Club. I wonder if any of them were if the audience?

Submitted by Brian Matthews on

It certainly one of the conclusions we came to that the film was about the authors depression. As far as answers are concerned each member of audience were at liberty to make up their own minds as to the actual meaning of the story. My question about human relationships was my own. We had no idea if a member of the psychiatric community was present although we agreed that it would have been an ideal movie for them to have been involved with, some thing I suggested during my meeting with them. A missed opportunity.

Submitted by Julie McMorran on

Hi there
Marlen Haushofer died of bone cancer. I don't believe she commited suicide. Still thinking about the film (always the sign of a good film) - loved it, and the book is astoundingly beautiful.I won't have much time for reading over the next two months, but I'm definitely putting the DVD and two of her other books on my Santa list!

Submitted by Brian Matthews on

I did say in my review that Marlen Haushofer died of bone cancer. I agree with you Julie it really does grow on you, originally i was not keen on seeing the film again but now I've completely changed my mind. Was listening to the Smiths this morning and one of the lines Morrisey sings is 'I had a dream last night that somebody loves me' thats really poignant and for some reason reminded me of the movie!

Submitted by Pat P on

Sorry. Misread the review. It certainly sounded a thought provoking film.