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The Wave (2008)

Die Welle (original title)
A high school teacher's experiment to demonstrate to his students what life is like under a dictatorship spins horribly out of control when he forms a social unit with a life of its own.

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Rainer Wenger
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Tim Stoltefuss
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Marco
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Karo
Christiane Paul ...
Anke Wenger
Jacob Matschenz ...
Dennis
Cristina do Rego ...
Lisa
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Sinan
Maximilian Vollmar ...
Bomber
Max Mauff ...
Kevin (as Maximilian Mauff)
Ferdinand Schmidt-Modrow ...
Ferdi
Tim Oliver Schultz ...
Jens
Amelie Kiefer ...
Mona
Fabian Preger ...
Kaschi
Odine Johne ...
Maja
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High school teacher, Rainer Wegner, may be popular with the students, but he's also unorthodox. He's forced to teach autocracy for the school's project week. He's less than enthusiastic at first, but the response of the students is surprising to say the least. He forces the students to become more invested in the prospect of self rule, and soon the class project has its own power and eerily starts to resemble Germany's past. Can Wegner and his class realize what's happening before the horrors start repeating themselves? Written by napierslogs

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Dennis Gansel has stated that he will never make another film about national socialism again after The Wave as he feels he has said all he has to say about the subject. See more »

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(at around 15 mins) The teacher is formally called Rainer Wenger, although informally he uses his first name is Rainer, among his students initially and later his surname during the project, Wenger. One might think the principal would use his first name when talking to him, but in Germany when adult colleagues speak to each other, they use their last name when talking to each other, i.e. Herr Wenger. See more »

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Karo: Rainer I don't think you have this under control anymore, not at all.
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Referenced in Kill La Kill: If Only I Had Thorns Like a Thistle (2013) See more »

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Rock 'n' Roll High School
Written by Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone and Dee Dee Ramone
Performed by EL*KE
Produced by Mirko Schaffer
©1980 WB Music Corp. and Taco Tunes
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The Wave
3 January 2009 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

That's what the title "Die Welle" means. A teacher makes an experiment. He wants his class to understand what autocracy means. It starts with them stopping calling him by first name. Then they have to rise while addressed. Then, there are uniforms and a special saluting. And then, it runs out of control.

The most disturbing thing is that the teacher slowly loses control over himself, until there is a disaster.

OK, does it take a week to form young people to fascists? That's not the point. How ever long it takes, the interesting answer here is that it is possible at all. Do we run that risk too? Well, if you look into yourself, you maybe won't find a fascist, but you'll probably find someone who wants to be a part of something. Whatever it is.


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