AKA: The Bunker
Directed by: Nikias Chryssos
Starring: Pit Bukowski (Student), Daniel Fripan (Klaas), Oona von Maydell (Mother), David Scheller (Father)
Country: Germany, Effed Up European Cinema
Language: German Effed Up German Films
Genres: Family, Domestic Abuse, Violence against Men, Scars
Plot – Spoilers:
A self-proclaimed physicist seeks out the remotest lodging he can find in snowy Germany. He has grand plans of working on a theory centered around the Higgs particle and needs all the solitude and quiet he can find. So he isn’t too fussed when his room turns out to be one without ventilation and in a modified bunker.
The family that’s renting out the place seem a bit strange with their developmentally stunted, overgrown son who they believe is a future president of the USA. But the lodger himself is strange in his own ways and soon blends in seamlessly among these sub-intellectual lot by enjoying their hot meals and being patronizingly polite.
The design aesthetics in Der Bunker are dazzling and perhaps Lynchian in influence. There’s one more possible influence – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.