The Castle

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Released 1997

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Director:
Michael Haneke
Released:
1997
Rating:
R
The Castle is a 1997 dark comedy directed by Michael Haneke and based on the novel "Das Schloss" by Franz Kafka. Set in modern day Austria, K. (Ulrich Muhe) is a land surveyor who has been sent to the castle to do some work. When he arrives at the village surrounding the castle, he finds that no one is expecting him. The villagers are reluctant to have anything to do with him, and they thwart his every effort to gain entrance to the castle. He is unable to get a room at the inn, but the innkeeper relents and lets him sleep on a mattress on the floor of the parlor. His bumbling assistants, Jeremias (Felix Eitner) and Artur (Frank Giering), arrive and are no help. They have even forgotten to bring his equipment. K. takes up with a barmaid, Frieda (Susanne Lothar), in an attempt to get close to a castle official. Their affair proceeds as he continues to work on finding out what work is needed at the castle. He is bounced from one official to the next and only gets messages from the castle via Barnabas (Andre Eisermann). The harder he tries, the more everyone else seems determined to thwart his efforts.moreless
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    canada, Foreign Language