Already on edge in the wake of an ongoing Communist purge, a government official (Radoslav Brzobohatý) and his soused wife (Jiřina Bohdalová) return home from a political soiree to discover their keys are missing, their electricity has been cut, and The Ear—the state surveillance system—may be listening in on their every word. So begins a long night’s journey into dread as the couple bickers, boozes, and crawls the walls with fear: could he be the next party member to disappear? Something like Cassavetes’s Faces meets The Conversation, The Ear viscerally evokes the tension and all-pervasive paranoia of life under a totalitarian regime.