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The Bunker

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2015
  • Nikias Chryssos
  • 85 mins

Summary

A young student seeks quiet and solitude to focus on an important work but ends up as the teacher of a peculiar boy who is home-schooled by his parents in an isolated bunker mansion. THE BUNKER is a dark, twisted, and funny tale about childhood, growing up and education.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

A solitude-seeking student is forced to take over the home-schooling of his oddball landlord's supposedly eight-year-old son in writer/director Nikias Chryssos's engagingly twisted if underdeveloped feature debut. Wearing a permanent look of bewilderment and discomfort, Pit Bukowski's hapless lodger tries desperately to teach the dim-witted boy (a sympathy-inducing Daniel Fripan), while being drawn into a surreal and blackly comic world of punishment, rewards and, most bizarrely, extraterrestrial intervention, in the amusingly dysfunctional family's bunker-style forest residence. There's an air of David Lynch in the slow-moving and episodic proceedings, as strong performances and claustrophobic atmospherics (including an excellent score), keep Chryssos's superficial narrative relentlessly entertaining. The tale may not turn out as weird or eventful as it initially promises, but for lovers of the leftfield, this Freudian film-festival favourite offers a fun commentary on obsessive parenting and the absurdities of education.

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Credits

Cast

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StudentPit Bukowski
KlausDaniel Fripan
MotherOona Von Maydell
FatherDavid Scheller

Crew

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DirectorNikias Chryssos

Details

Languages
English | German
Formats
Colour
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