Quick recap: A Czechoslovakian couple finds their house bugged by the Communist party and they fear Ludvik, the husband, is about to be take 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.
Was title said in film?
Oh yes, many times. Anna, the wife, refers to people listening in on her conversations as ‘The Ear’ and mocks the idea.
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.