The Wave

Synopsis: High school teacher, Rainer Wegner, may be popular with the students, but he's also unorthodox. He's forced to teach autocracy for the school's project week. He's less than enthusiastic at first, but the response of the students is surprising to say the least. He forces the students to become more invested in the prospect of self rule, and soon the class project has its own power and eerily starts to resemble Germany's past. Can Wegner and his class realize what's happening before the horrors start repeating themselves?
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Dennis Gansel
Production: Constantin Film
  9 wins & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min


Based on a true story


Good morning.

Good morning.

Yes exactly, and always be on the watch

for the kids smoking in the schoolyard, OK?

Hello, my precious.

Well, my rocker?

You know we teachers are

lazy, don't spoil our image.

I only need to copy a few worksheets.

Have you already been at Kohlhage's?

No, why?

Oh, she has asked for you.

Then I'll go.

Autocracy? I thought it was very

clear deal that I'll do Anarchy course.

Dieter Wieland just

presented his concept to me.

He spent whole week preparing

hard he mastered it perfectly...

...and I just started to

prepare over the weekend.

Yes, bit late, right.

Wieland, Wieland have no

idea at all about the topic.

I've studied in Berlin, I have lived

five years in the last house in Kreuzberg.

better suitable to do it, than me?

If you really care so much then you can ask

Mr Wieland whether he want to switch with you.

Could you do it again...

You make a deal with him yourself.

Mr. Wieland.

Mr Wenger.

It is about the issue

for the project week.

Yes, and?

I wanted to ask you if you could switch?

I have Autocracy.

Alea iacta est.

The die is cast.

You know very well how much

I would like to teach Anarchy.

Seems even too likely to me.

In the Project Week we focus on teaching the students

about the benefits of the democracy for the world.

How to mix Molotov cocktails...

...maybe only in the Chemistry lessons.

Have a Nice day.

I loved you... have betrayed me.

But the dream of life,

of love, confidence,...

...this once real dream

I have not forgotten.

I want to build it

up with my billion,...

...change the past by destroying you.


I thank you for the bouquete.

Would anything change, if I

lie in a box in Golden Apostle?

He is really ridiculous, man.

Not true?

Do you really know.

I will take you in your coffin to Capri.

Moment, he says quite something else.

Now I want to say it so.

Ferdi dude, but this one time we wanted to do

it through the End, without interruption, right?

You have stopped it.

Supreme Theatre rule, Karo :

"Always continue."

Dennis, you wanted to compare

play's critique for capitalism... current globalisation issues.

Yes, and that is why I also show

the play in more contemporary manner.

It is okay if it is

contemporary, but this is silly.

You can not enforce it.

Yes, we actually play Drrenmatt,

not some rubbish comedy club piece.

I thank you for the wreaths,

the chrysanthemums and roses.


Hey, that sounds totally shitty!

Sorry, I'm most certainly not

going to to say it in that way.

Forget it.

Quite simply, if Ferdi isn't

going to follow the script,...

...then I can also not play.

He is' still young square.

Oh man, I'm not in the mood any more.

I am leaving now, are you going with me?

It's really better, if...

If the piece is played

much more serious.

Yes, there's simply no sense

if each one does what he wants.

Are you coming to the game today?

Lisa and I have yet to learn Spanish.

Still have the whole afternoon.

Well, what courses

did you registered for?


Yes, for the Project Week.

They hanged the lists already?


I want to take Autocracy.

Yes cool, I'll be there, too.

Then I must....

Would you sign me in too?

For what?

Well, for that one you are taking too.


See you.

Now once again pull

yourself together, okay?

Now i want to see a

real, aggressive play.

Pay attention to defense and

go for Konter cover, okay?

For your knowledge, we have now

Marco. Marco, this

one goes for you, too.

Yes, work together.

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