TOFF 2018 Review: ENDZEIT (Germany 2018)

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2018. Go to TIFF 2018 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

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Carolina Hellsgård’s occasionally chilling second feature is a zombie philosophical film that follows two women fighting for their lives in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies.  

The voiceover informs the audience at the beginning that a plague has swept the world and that Weimar and Jura are the only surviving cities left.  The two women are Vivi (Gro Swantje Kohlhof), vulnerable and numb and Eva (Maja Lehrer), whose icy indifference make the two initial enemies that eventually bond because Vivi can repair cameras, having experience working on eBay.  It all sounds too silly. 

 The premise of the zombie-ed world is too far-fetched to be believable and who really cares about these two women anyway.  What about the rest of the surviving population?   The only thing going for the film is the cinematography by Leah Striker with nicely shot countryside landscapes.  

The zombie attack scenes are well done though.  The mix of horror and philosophy of friendship does not work.


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