Ein wenig sterben (1981)

Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - Austria  |  
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An old man (Alfred Solm) has barricaded himself inside his condemned apartment as the city tries to force him to leave against his will. His calm, dogged protest and perseverance in the face of corporate and municipal opposition reveals a strength of character that does not seek notoriety, only the simple existence he has always known. As he reads in his apartment or walks up the steps to the Hall of Justice, his determination almost seems big enough to conquer all odds. This film was co-written, directed, and photographed by the Iranian Mansur Madavi, imprinting the story with a quiet, slow-moving pace and telling images that underscore the tonalities of the old man's character.

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against-the-system, bureaucracy, elderly, government, homestead, neighbor, oppression