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In a Glass Cage (1986)
"Tras el cristal" (original title)

 -  Drama | Horror  -  1986 (USA)
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In Spain, the former Nazi doctor Klaus tries to commit suicide jumping off the roof of his manor. However, he survives with the entire body paralyzed and dependable of an iron lung with ... See full summary »

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Günter Meisner ...
Klaus (as Gunter Meisner)
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Gisèle Echevarría ...
Rena (as Gisela Echevarria)
Imma Colomer ...
Jornalera (as Inma Colomer)
Josuè Guasch ...
Niño Cantor (as Josue Guasch)
David Cuspinera ...
Ricardo Carcelero ...
Alberto Manzano ...
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In Spain, the former Nazi doctor Klaus tries to commit suicide jumping off the roof of his manor. However, he survives with the entire body paralyzed and dependable of an iron lung with glass sides. His wife Griselda decides to hire a nurse since she does not bear the situation. Klaus asks Griselda to hire Angelo, a mysterious teenager that appears in their house. Angelo befriends Klaus' daughter Rena and sooner it is shown that Klaus was a pedophile that loved to feel the fear of death in young boys before abusing and killing them. Further, Angelo is a disturbed and totally insane victim of his experiments that intends to follow the insanities described in Klaus' diary and incorporate his personality. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Director/writer Agustí Villaronga said that the origin of the story came when he read about Giles de Rais (1404-1440), a devoutly religious follower of Joan of Arc who fought valiantly on her side and was later trialed and executed by the Catholic Church for heresy and sexual crimes (sodomy) committed against children, mainly boys, estimates of which range as high as 800. See more »

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Angelo: You see, Klaus... I love death.
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Dark themed thriller
19 January 2009 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Klaus, a crippled former Nazi doctor is now living out his days in an iron lung, with his wife Griselda caring for him on a full time basis. She resents this fact as she has no time for herself or their daughter Rena. So when Angelo, a young man comes calling claiming to be a nurse she employs him, but soon becomes suspicious of his credentials and she's right to be as he has ulterior motives for taking the position. As a child he had spied on Klaus's killing spree and had in fact taken his notes on killing and hid the body of his last victim, as Klaus in grief had tried to kill himself, which just resulted in him being paralysed. Angelo wants to become just like him and teases Klaus, urging him to give in to his lustful murderous cravings one more time, Klaus denies him but eventually gives in as he is scared his real past will be revealed to his family. Uber disturbing incite into the minds of a dying Nazi killer and a killer in the making, Villaraonga's film explores the dark realms of paedophilia, torture and child killing in a very open way, but without resorting to sensationalism. A hard film to watch, it remains riveting but not for all tastes. The ending is also likely to confuse many.


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