I watched Young Törless awhile back and just watched it again. It’s in German but with subtitles for those of you who do not know the German language. When I first watched it, I didn’t think it was that good of a movie. But watching it again and watching a commentary on the movie, I appreciate the movie a little more than before. The movie depicts a power struggle, in this case, among students. The dynamics of this movie became intriguing but different than movies such as the “Lord of the Flies” or other similar movies.
There are two leaders, one who represents the ideologue, who spoke in spiritual or religious ways about being privileged and the like. He had a side kick, someone who executed his orders. Then they needed someone to be against, a victim if you will.
There was a guy who was somewhat of an observer of events, and when things went too far, he became an accomplice to the events that have taken place simply by being an observer.
One can easily see this scenario having been played out in history or even our own day. I believe it is a mistake simply to see this movie merely about a victim of society. It is important to see the whole matrix of events and their interplay.
It may not be worth to go out of your way to watch this movie. It was interesting none the less. This movie was made in 1966, depicting a boarding school in the early 1900’s. I however have a lot to say about the dynamics we see in this movie for our own day.
I will be reading the book called, “The Confusions of Törless” by Robert Musil
“Young Törless,” a movie by Volker Schlöndorff