“Brilliant,” “masterpiece,” and “devastating” are only a few of the overwhelmingly positive reactions rounded up in the trailer, though A24 saves the best for last. /Film’s Lex Briscuso gets some love for her review, in which she confidently stated:
“Glazer’s first feature film in ten years is a sick, bleak, and absolutely vital reimagining of the Holocaust drama, one that finds a new way — and possibly a more effective way — to put an important spotlight on the face of atrocities. There is always a lesson in the horrors of the real world, and Glazer’s movie serves this one up on a silver platter, along with the severed head of our own potential apathy. There is absolutely no doubt this quiet film will go down in history as one of the definitive narratives of Holocaust fiction. Do not look away.”
The footage only hints at the horrors at hand, focusing strictly on the seemingly idyllic domestic life of Nazi commandant Rudolf Höss and his family – though that choice somehow only makes the knowledge of what’s happening so close to home hit even harder. “The Zone of Interest” stars Christian Friedel as Höss and Sandra Hüller as his wife Hedwig, along with Johann Karthaus, Nele Ahrensmeier, Lilli Falk, and Medusa Knopf. Writer and director Jonathan Glazer previously spoke about his approach to this film, remarking on the callous, indirect actions of those unaffected by such atrocities that tacitly allowed them to occur in the first place. “The Zone of Interest” comes to theaters in limited release on December 15, 2023.
The commandant of Auschwitz, Rudolf Höss, and his wife Hedwig, strive to build a dream life for their family in a house and garden next to the camp.