Quick recap: A Czechoslovakian couple finds their house bugged by the Communist party and they fear Ludvik, the husband, is about to be taken away.
Fun (?)fact: You’d better believe this film was banned! 20 years actually, not seeing the light of day until 1989.
Thoughts and Observations:
- This movie was as if someone watched Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and said, ‘ This is fun, but what if we added Communists?’
- But unlike that film, the couple in The Ear didn’t seem believable as a real couple and there were way too many mood swings to keep up with
- On the other hand, their house really was bugged with listening devices which would add stress on any marriage
- My favorite aspects of the film were the flashback scenes as Ludvik recalls every conversation he had, looking for clues that they are on to him. A simple question from a friend takes on an ominous tone and everyone seems in on the deception. But are they really?
- Although listening devices were found, the end of the film has Ludvik being offered a promotion so I guess that’s a happy ending? It sure didn’t seem like it was.
- And I still wonder if Ludvik was actually working against his party or if he was just really paranoid? He burned a lot of documents but he didn’t seem to know if they were incriminating.
Final review: 2/5. I liked the tension build up but there was so much talking and fighting that the action took a backseat and I became bored.