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In Spain, the former Nazi doctor Klaus tries to commit suicide jumping off the roof of his manor. However... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Weighty film, and as dark as they come See more (30 total) »

Cast

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Günter Meisner ... Klaus (as Gunter Meisner)
David Sust ... Angelo

Marisa Paredes ... Griselda
Gisèle Echevarría ... Rena (as Gisela Echevarria)
Imma Colomer ... Jornalera (as Inma Colomer)
Josuè Guasch ... Niño Cantor (as Josue Guasch)
David Cuspinera ... Niño barracon
Ricardo Carcelero ... Angelo Niño
Alberto Manzano ... Niño Gitano
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Directed by
Agustí Villaronga  (as Agustín Villaronga)
 
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Agustí Villaronga  (as Agustín Villaronga)

Produced by
Teresa Enrich .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Javier Navarrete 
 
Cinematography by
Jaume Peracaula 
 
Film Editing by
Raúl Román 
 
Production Design by
Francesc Candini  (as Cesc Candini)
 
Costume Design by
Andrés Urdiciaian  (as Andres Urdiciaian)
Imma Vallmitjana  (as Inma Vallmitjana)
 
Makeup Department
Maria Rosa Benavides .... hair stylist (as Mª Rosa Benavides)
Jose .... make-up and hair assistant
J. Ruiz Alonso .... make-up and hair assistant
Elisenda Villanueva .... makeup artist (as Elisenda de Villanueva)
 
Production Management
Biel Moll .... assistant production manager
Paco Poch .... production manager
Karen Wardle .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Francisco G. Siurana .... assistant director (as Paco Siurana)
 
Art Department
Jordi Artigau .... set dresser
José Ángel Cebollada .... props (as Jose Angel Cebollada)
Carme Curt .... props
Guillermo Fernández .... painter (as Guillermo Fernandez)
José Martínez .... carpenter (as Jose Martinez)
América Sánchez .... graphic designer (as America Sanchez)
Isidro Terraza .... property master
 
Sound Department
Ricard Casals .... sound re-recording mixer
Licio Marcos de Oliveira .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Reyes Abades .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Francisco Esteban .... electrician
Sergi Gallardo .... second assistant camera (as Sergio Gallardo)
Manolo Ovler .... electrician
Jaume Peracaula .... camera operator
Apolinar Ramiro .... gaffer (as A. Ramiro)
Núria Roldos .... assistant camera (as Nuria Roldos)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rosa Fernández .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Montse Jiménez .... second assistant editor (as Montse Jimenez)
José Montilla .... post-production coordinator (as Jose Montilla)
Juan Peláez .... assistant editor (as Juan Antonio Pelaez)
 
Other crew
Olga Selva .... production secretary
Cristina Solé .... script supervisor (as Cristina Sole)
 
Thanks
Marisa Aguinaga .... special thanks
Jordi Coca .... special thanks
Jordi Corba .... special thanks
Pepón Coromina .... special thanks (as Pepon Coromina)
Enric Jorba .... special thanks
Poli Ramiro .... special thanks
Rosa Vergés .... special thanks (as Rosa Verges)
 

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Also Known As:
"Tras el cristal" - Spain (original title)
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110 min
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Günter Meisner originally turned down the role, horrified by the story. According to Villaronga, Meisner called him a few weeks later to accept the part, arguing he couldn't stop thinking about it.See more »
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Angelo:You see, Klaus... I love death.See more »

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10 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Weighty film, and as dark as they come, 28 August 2006
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

In a Glass Cage isn't an easy film to get on with, as despite the fact that it doesn't contain a lot of blood and gore, the film is horrifying thanks to the power of suggestion and the implications of its characters actions. The film takes in themes of the horrors of war as well the implications of child molestation, and puts these two heinous ideas into one character; Klaus. Klaus is a former Nazi doctor turned paedophile who has found himself paralysed from the neck down after attempting to commit suicide. He now lives in a house with his wife and daughter, but must reside at all times inside a glass tube, which is referred to as his 'glass cage'. After breaking into the house, a young man named Angelo blackmails Klaus into taking him on as a nurse, despite the wishes of Klaus' wife who doesn't warm to the young man. However, it soon transpires that Angelo harbours a wish to become like Klaus, and begins to torture the former Nazi by instigating events to reflect what he used to enjoy, and by reading him passages from a diary detailing the man's obsession.

While In a Glass Cage may not be a very enjoyable film, it has to be said that it does give its viewer a lot to think about, and writer-director Agustí Villaronga ensures that his film packs a lot of emotional weight. The way that the director keeps everything bathed in darkness helps to ensure that the look of the film is dark as its subject matter, and this helps to convey the horrific themes on display. The relationship between the doctor and his nurse always makes up the backbone of the movie, and it's also the most interesting aspect as subplots involving the wife and the daughter never reach the same dark highs. The tone of the movie is very serious, and this helped by excellent performances from all concerned. Günter Meisner's performance takes in both evil and regret, as while he doesn't get to do much physical acting; he plays his part well. The main acting plaudits go to David Sust, however, who continually impresses with his role as the nurse; also the meatiest role in the film. It has to be said that this isn't a movie for the feint of heart, as scenes involving young boys are not nice to watch and the nihilistic tone of the movie doesn't make it much fun. Still, if you can stomach unpleasantness; this movie is a treat.

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