Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
This tragic movie's story is based on an Austrian folk-play, Totstellen (the title when properly translated into American English, means "to play possum"). Another proposed title for the film was "The Son of a Farm Worker Becomes a Mason and Builds Himself a House." In the story, a young farm laborer has improved his lot by studying hard and becoming a mason. Encouraged by his new standing, he marries. He has regular, well-paying work in his village. Driven by ambition, he accepts a job in the city with people he doesn't respect and who don't respect him, and he loses the support of his village boss as well. He begins to build a house for himself out of materials stolen from building sites. Overworked, and overextended, he is crushed by the resulting two courtroom trials and prison sentence and commits suicide.
ambition, career, life-choices, marriage, prison, robbery, suicide, worker