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The Zone of Interest

Guendalina Porta

“The Zone of Interest” is one of the most disturbing films made about the Holocaust, taking inspiration from Martin Amis's book, Glazer rewrote and personalized this story by putting evil at the center in its coldest and most aseptic representation. The protagonist is the family of Rudolf Hoss, commander and director of Auschwitz, and him and his family live in a villa with a swimming pool adjacent to the extermination camp, separated by a wall that totally divides victim and executioner, good and evil. The two live immersed in a muffled reality in their house, where in the open countryside they discuss their children and their aspirations. A small corner of Paradise, located a few tens of meters away from the Hell of the crematoria, which produces death and atrocities at an incessant pace.

Jonathan Glazer exploits our imagination, forged by decades of narratives about the Holocaust, to subtractly focus on one of the darkest pages in the history of humanity. we can perfectly imagine what is happening, we don't need to see it. The cinematic effect created by the British director is so aseptic in its daily wickedness that it makes us grow inside a retch full of nauseating disgust that is impossible to ignore. He does this by lingering on the life of the protagonists, which goes on as if nothing important was happening, with small disagreements on completely marginal aspects and even moments of sweetness between wife and husband.       We know and we do not see. As well as the family of Rudolf Hoss, they knew very well and didn't need to see, because they were fine there, because everything was normal, because the concept of the banality of evil has never been so excruciating as in this film.

social media: Jonathan Glazer exploits our imagination, forged by decades of narratives about the Holocaust, to subtractly focus on one of the darkest pages in the history of humanity.




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