Der Bunker (2015)

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Avg Rating: 4.4 / 5. Voted: 46

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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
Runtime: 01:24:21
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.

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You
You
July 30, 2021 1:25 pm

Uhhh- ok :3 , ! Imagine the filming aha!

Porușniuc Adina
Porușniuc Adina
July 30, 2021 7:55 pm

Well,that was an amazing movie! Thank you admin.

Badmoviejoe
Badmoviejoe
July 30, 2021 10:14 pm

I swear I thought I saw this movie on this site before. Lol

Dee
Dee
Reply to  Badmoviejoe
July 31, 2021 5:18 am

Has Mum & Dad vibes but not as violent

kyrgios fos
kyrgios fos
July 31, 2021 1:07 pm

greek director!
cool and strange movie! thx
kyrgios

Bartelboy
Bartelboy
August 1, 2021 3:16 am

One of the few amazing german genre movies which we (i speak as a german) were able to get produced here in germany. The german film foundation treats horror or other genre movies not as nice as they should giving their money rather or only to those young filmmakers that are focused on mainstream success or everything with Til Schweiger in it. So most of the film students have a rough time getting their debuts released or produced on a wider scale.
Other honorable mentions from the last years would be DER NACHTMAHR or DER SAMURAI and SCHNEEFLÖCKCHEN as well as WILD and the beautiful but brutal nihilistic TORE TANZT (which i think i saw here somewhere…it received a different title in the US…i think it was EVERYTHING IS GONNA BE ALRIGHT – which believe me…it won´t)

Ricky
Ricky
Reply to  Bartelboy
August 4, 2021 12:40 pm

Thanks, I will check those out

MR BRIMSTONE
MR BRIMSTONE
August 1, 2021 6:12 am

If Martyrs was a German comedy…

Ricky
Ricky
August 4, 2021 12:41 pm

This was one of the better German movies I’ve seen recently. I’ve never heard of it before, a great addition to the archive.

Poopshoot
Poopshoot
August 5, 2021 5:00 am

The fuck was that? It wasn’t bad just what the fuck. And that was the ugliest inbred retarded man child I’ve ever seen in my life where did they find him, the circus?

Porușniuc Adina
Porușniuc Adina
Reply to  Poopshoot
August 6, 2021 8:57 pm

OH my god :)))))))

fool
fool
August 6, 2021 8:36 am

garbage and cringy. saying that from a German perspective

Dr Harris
Dr Harris
August 7, 2021 7:18 am

Yes …
Lots of contemporary nods.. lynch… Funny games . . Mum and dad .. 80s daft horrors…..
Funny Dark and yes cringey but that’s it’s point… I’d guess it’s also a tiny swipe at American imperialism … Aren’t most of their Presidential candidates a bit dumb ?
It’s ends typically in a European traditional way… No big crushing crescendo whistles bells and soap opera drama.. just a dam enjoyable German dark comic horror

Matisse
Matisse
August 9, 2021 5:33 am

Utilitarianism glazed with a moose-knuckled imperialistic mockery

Zed Man
Zed Man
Reply to  Matisse
August 9, 2021 10:20 am

Meh, pretty ordinary but different, tries too hard. I enjoy your comments a lot more as you have a way with words. Its fascinating and mesmerising. ZMMF.

Matisse
Matisse
Reply to  Zed Man
August 10, 2021 4:56 am

ZMMF x

Zed Man
Zed Man
Reply to  Matisse
August 10, 2021 10:30 am

XOXMFZMOXO!

Matisse
Matisse
Reply to  Zed Man
August 11, 2021 4:49 am

You affect me. <3 ZMMF x

Zed Man
Zed Man
Reply to  Matisse
August 11, 2021 9:56 am

Likewise, in a big way, LMFXO.

The White Horseman
The White Horseman
September 11, 2021 1:14 am

Great movie. Reminds me a bit of Fassbinder. Those bits of good German movies!!

Tyler Something
Tyler Something
November 25, 2021 6:38 pm

In an isolated home resides a joke of a father, the devouring mother, and the over-sheltered son. The father sports clown make-up whilst telling bland jokes for entertainment, this after spending the day as one of those pseudo-intellectual types who, although expressing some minimal philosophy about knowledge, acts as if he is as smart as he says he is. The dinner scenes present the vibe as if they listen to classical music because that’s what an intellectual would apparently do, not because they enjoy the music. He is a clown. The mother is overwhelmed by her pain and fear, so she babies this “kid,” whom is obviously not a kid, to refrain from the ultimate sacrifice of letting go of that which you love most. Heinrich is something akin to a false god in the sense that the he rules the mother with fear and emotion, rather than righteousness. At its base level, the movie obviously emphasizes on the conditions of such a tyrannical set-up between the parents and Klaus, especially as he has to fight his mother off him just to escape her clenches. Underneath the family parable lies some political undertones. Perhaps it is a mockery of America in the sense that Klaus, a German, is expected to become President of the White House (sure), when he can’t even list the capitals of some of his brother countries. It appears to nod to inept politicians, and I think this shows once the parents boast about Klaus being on his way to the Presidency after completing his first task of merely remembering a handful of capitals. It could also potentially mock the general perception of the typical American family by Europeans. While I first thought the creator of this film was expressing some past experiences of his own childhood, considering the fact that Klaus is the only character given a proper noun distinguishable from a role makes me think this is somewhat of a familial/cultural study of notions previously explained. One user analyzed utilitarian and imperial concepts, which I agree with. What I think is interesting about the Student is, despite showing disagreement with the parents’ dynamics, how quickly he begins to play into this structure. It almost makes me think of how easily civilians play along with the contemptible practices of authority with minimal coercion; think of the pathology of Nazi Germany, the absurdity of rhetoric pertaining to implementing COVID vaccine mandates, identity politics, or whatever makes you think of the pathology of tyranny. All the Student needed to play along into the sickness was to be calmly persuaded by the mother that he deserved to be punished. Right from the beginning, he could’ve intervened, but he instead essentially gave up his own responsibilities to play along with the dynamics, using threat and punishment in order to persuade Klaus to succeed. It’s almost as if the only qualitative aspect of him being the “Student” is that he is giving into the power of the authorities to the extent that he begins playing their game. The final shot of the movie furthers this notion, as he is cleaning the house of his authorities, one of them having recently stabbed him, whilst they enjoy their dinner together.

But
But
Reply to  Tyler Something
January 18, 2022 7:05 am

Diria que es una muy buena reseña, de hecho comparto esa dicha. Sin embargo no se nada sobre las costumbres europeas y alemanas al cien por cien. Pero creo con todo respeto, que esto que acaba de ecribir tendria que estar en un blog, realmente sabe expresarse bien en cuanto al analizis.

ALCP
ALCP
Reply to  But
April 19, 2022 2:23 pm

Translated: I’d say it’s a very good review, I actually share that happiness. However I do not know anything about European and German customs 100 percent. But I think with all due respect, that this thing you just wrote should be on a blog, really knows how to express yourself well when it comes to analysis.

Billy
Billy
Reply to  ALCP
May 5, 2022 1:41 am

n o o n e a s k e d

Blaze
Blaze
Reply to  Tyler Something
April 19, 2022 8:30 am

WTF dude are you posting a comment or writing a fucking book ?

Bartel
Bartel
February 2, 2022 3:20 am

Nikias Chryssos the guy who directed DER BUNKER released his follow-up to this only a few months ago here in Germany. It´s called A PURE PLACE and in that one he ramps up the weirdness even more. Daniel Fripan who played little boy Klass in BUNKER is also back in somewhat of (again) special role. 😀
https://youtu.be/iZSIVNaMWXw

Bartel
Bartel
May 12, 2022 2:17 am

by the way: The follow up to THE BUNKER was released a few weeks ago on physical media so it should be easy by now to watch it. It´s called A PURE PLACE and is a totally different beast.
https://youtu.be/iZSIVNaMWXw

Mike James
Mike James
Reply to  Bartel
June 22, 2022 1:48 am

I managed to find A PURE PLACE, but can’t find English subtitles for it, anyone know where to find English subtitles?