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The Child I Never Was (2002)
"Ein Leben lang kurze Hosen tragen" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  12 June 2003 (USA)
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Fictionalized account of Jürgen Bartsch, a German boy who became notorious in the 1960's after his conviction for the serial killings and sexual molestation of a number of young German boys... See full summary »

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Tobias Schenke ...
Jürgen Bartsch, Older
Sebastian Urzendowsky ...
Jürgen Bartsch, Younger
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Gertrud Bartsch
Walter Gontermann ...
Gerhard Bartsch
Jürgen Christoph Kamcke ...
Father Seidlitz
Sebastian Rüger ...
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Stephan Szasz ...
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Roland Riebeling ...
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Fictionalized account of Jürgen Bartsch, a German boy who became notorious in the 1960's after his conviction for the serial killings and sexual molestation of a number of young German boys. Told partly as recreation and partly as taped confession. Written by havan_ironoak@bigfoot.com

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Disturbing and mostly refreshing take on a serial killer.
26 April 2005 | by (The land of the Bunyips) – See all my reviews

This is a dramatized account of Jurgen Bartsch's life, who I think might be the youngest serial killer on record. As a teen in the 1960s, he murdered and molested a number of boys his age. The story is told through recreations of his childhood, recreations of taped confessions, and Bartsch's actual journal entries. Most of the violence and, uh, necrophilia is offscreen and implied, which makes the film feel less exploitative, but it is still very disturbing. While the viewer is witness to his troubled childhood, it is admirable that the film doesn't point fingers in any specific direction. Also, it doesn't portray Bartsch's extreme deviancy as being a product of or related to his homosexuality. The young teen playing Bartsch is outstanding, but some of the recreated taped confessions are annoying in that meandering way contemporary serial killer movies tend to be.

My Rating: 7/10.


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