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The Tin Drum Review


Extraordinary
The Tin Drum is one of cinema's greatest coming of age stories -- probably because its star, Oskar, never comes of age, literally.

Oskar (David Bennett) is a young lad in 1920s Germany, and at the age of three he realizes that as he gets older, the attention he's given will rapidly wane. He decides to quit growing and hurls himself down the cellar. He achieves his goal. Ten years later, Hitler is on the rise, and Oskar is still romping around with his precious tin drum, physically unchanged since that day but deeply affected by life experience nonetheless.

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Young Törless Review


Very Good
Törless is a quiet, brooding kid with a lot on his mind (namely math), and he quietly witnesses the abuses and tortures of the bullies at his Austrian boarding school. Finally, the lad turns the tables, but the grim story leaves us, in the end, with no heroes. Volker Schlöndorff's (The Tin Drum) first movie is a powerful but quiet piece, indicative of the impressive line of films he would soon give us.

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