The City Below (Unter dir die Stadt)
Germany. Dir. Christoph Hochhäusler. 2010, 105 mins. With Robert Hunger-Bühler, Mark Waschke, Nicolette Krebitz. Boardroom and bedroom intrigue collide in this sleek, provocative drama by Hochhäusler, who also directed the final installment of the widely acclaimed Dreileben trilogy. As an adulterous triangle forms among an up-and-coming banker, his beautiful young wife, and his predatory boss, Hochhäusler orchestrates a zombified ritual of seduction and repulsion, both carnal and financial. The City Below peers into the glass canyons of global capital and finds not just the malfeasance of today’s headlines but a deeper sense of existential unease and, in the stunning conclusion, even a glimpse of the apocalypse.
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