Young Törless ★★★½

This is based on a book that I admire rather than like, and my reaction to this film is similar. It's hard stuff to take -- cruelty, exploitation, savagery -- but convincingly portrayed in both media. I was imagining younger boys when I read Musil's novel, though. I don't know if it was a choice, a change for the film, or if I was just mistaken when I read the book many years ago, but seeing older boys acting this way was not as shocking for me.

This was an interesting choice of material to adapt so soon after WWII. As the director's first film, as I believe this was, I can see it as a sort of German new wave gauntlet being thrown down. We WILL talk about this,motherfolklores.

The film is beautifully shot and acted, and I'm glad to have seen it, but it will never make my frequent viewing list.

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