Vienna, a woman is witness to a murder in the neighbor apartment. But she is also seen by the murderer, and her life turns upside down as she trys to protect herself. The police won't help her but one detective gives her shelter...



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Vienna, a woman is witness to a murder in the neighbor apartment. But she is also seen by the murderer, and her life turns upside down as she trys to protect herself. The police won't help her but one detective gives her shelter...

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Not a perfect film, but certainly closer to paradise than to hell
27 July 2017 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

"Die Hölle" or "Die Hölle - Inferno" or "Cold Hell" is a German/Austrian co-production from this year (2017) and the most recent release by Austrian filmmaker Stefan Ruzowitzky. The script is by Martin Ambrosch, who is mostly known these days for his several collaborations with Andreas Prochaska, another one of Austria's most known filmmakers. Back to Ruzowitzky, his career-defining work is still of course the Oscar-winning "Die Fälscher", but this new movie here is something entirely different. It's a crime thriller and a strong character study. It is a bit of a breakthrough film for lead actress Violetta Schurawlow I guess as she is the center of the film from start to finish. The support she is getting by established actors like Moretti (good as always), Palfrader and von Thun is not hurting either.

These 90 minutes are the tale of a young woman who accidentally ends up witnessing the murder of a prostitute and not much later the killer is after her as well as he wants to make sure the witness is dead and cannot identify him later. The film also moves to the upper class as we find out the killer is far from being a homeless crook or anything. The one thing he did not expect though were the excellent fighting skills of the central character as he is about to set her on fire near the very end. Add to that a touch family drama involving the protagonist (the little girl, the parents etc.) and a slightly underdeveloped cop story (about Moretti helping the woman) and you have a fairly convincing crime movie as we do here. Then again with Ruzowitzky's previous achievements, one cannot be surprised this turned out well. For him, it is a bit of back to the roots as the movie (including the graphic violence and scary atmosphere) has some parallels to Anatomie, even if the subject is of course entirely different. Schurawlow does a good job and is able to carry the film nicely. Her looks aren't hurting either. Only when the film turns a bit into the powerful woman / emancipation movie, for example the Gpd/penis reference towards the end, it gets a bit weaker. But I liked several aspects of it nonetheless. For example that it is not really important who exactly the killer is as it is always more about the big picture and he is just means to make this a more exciting watch really. His identity is secondary. Or the rescue scene at the very end where in a generic film (i.e. a Tatort) Moretti's character would have rescued her the last second from the bad guy, but here he basically has to rescue her from herself. There's a lot of blood in here, a lot of violence, a lot of verbal abuse too, not a lot of suspense, but that's fine for the reasons I listed earlier. It's not a film where you (want to) guess who did it. And a lot of fire too, especially towards the end, which explains the movie's title. I give it a thumbs-up overall and recommend checking it out.

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