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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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For the scene where Angelo cried, actor David Sust put toothpaste under the eyes. He shot the scenes so many times that he injured his eyes and had to wear sunglasses for a while. See more »

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Dark, Bizarre and Disturbing
7 January 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Spain, the former Nazi doctor Klaus (Günter Meisner) 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 (Marisa Paredes) decides to hire a nurse since she does not bear the situation. Klaus asks Griselda to hire Angelo (David Sust), a mysterious teenager that appears in their house. Angelo befriends Klaus' daughter Rena (Gisèla Echevarría) 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.

"Tras el Cristal", a.k.a "In the Glass Cage". Is one of the most dark, bizarre and disturbing films that I have recently seen. The cruelty of Klaus with the boys described in his diary is unthinkable and so sick that it is hard to believe that a normal person may have written this story.

The performances are top-notch and the conclusion is open to the most different interpretations. I understand that Angelo has followed the footsteps of Klaus and ended in the iron lung like his mentor. Rena is so disturbed with the revelations about her father that she is insane and will follow the footsteps of Angelo.

In the Extras in the Bonus Disc, the director Agustí Villaronga provides additional information about "In the Glass Cage", "Black Bread" and "The Sea" very interesting. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Prisão de Cristal" ("Cristal Prison")


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