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I Am Guilty (2005) More at IMDbPro »Falscher Bekenner (original title)

I Am Guilty -- In this unsettling, beguiling film by young German filmmaker Search results Christoph Hochhusler, a young boy rebels against the suffocating suburban middle-class ordinariness of his family by having wild tearoom sex and anonymously confessing to crimes he did not commit.


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Release Date:
6 April 2006 (Germany) See more »
The story of a young man confessing crimes he has not committed. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)
Constantin von Jascheroff ... Armin Steeb
Manfred Zapatka ... Martin Steeb
Victoria Trauttmansdorff ... Marianne Steeb
Nora von Waldstätten ... Katja Fichtner

Devid Striesow ... Martin Steeb jr.

Florian Panzner ... Stefan Steeb
Thomas Dannemann ... Herr Kleine
Laura Tonke ... Christiane Steeb
Dennis Prinz ... Ulrich Wendt
Martin Kiefer ... Richard Gassner
Walter Gontermann ... Herr Hülsmann
Jörg Pose ... Herr Esken
Thomas Meinhardt ... Ernst Matuschek
Wieslawa Wesolowska ... Josy Matuscheck
Max Limper ... Lederboy
Klaus Zmorek ... Gangleader
Jürgen Haug ... Herr Tschenko
Gisela Marx ... Großmutter Steeb (as Gisela E. Marx)
Meinhard Leuchtenberg ... Polizist #1
Markus Ritter ... Polizist #2
Andreas Schindlmayr ... Polizist #3
Meike To Baben ... Polizist #4
Daniela Luppus ... Polizist #5
Luana Bellinghausen ... Katjas Freundin #1
Diane Willems ... Katjas Freundin #2 (as Diane Siemons-Willems)
Doris Plenert ... Frau im Bus #1
Elisabeth Jansen ... Frau im Bus #2
Matthias Drescher ... Herr Siloy
Helga Perr ... Frau Gassner
Peter Bock ... Mann im Krankenhaus
Wojtek Bobrycki ... Tennistrainer
Norbert Wilms ... Werner Heilmann
Bernd Döpke ... Motorradfahrer #1
Armin Heller ... Motorradfahrer #2
Alexander Kirmse ... Motorradfahrer #3
Ingo Maassen ... Motorradfahrer #4
Christof Neumann ... Motorradfahrer #5
Mark Norris ... Police

Danilo Mancinelli ... Police

Directed by
Christoph Hochhäusler 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Christoph Hochhäusler 

Produced by
Bettina Brokemper .... producer
Original Music by
Benedikt Schiefer 
Cinematography by
Bernhard Keller 
Film Editing by
Stefan Stabenow 
Casting by
Ulrike Müller 
Production Design by
Beatrice Schultz 
Costume Design by
Susanne Sasserath 
Makeup Department
Evelyn Book .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Sascha Verhey .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Friedemann Roll .... assistant director
Sound Department
Jochen Engelke .... sound re-recording mixer
Wolfgang Herold .... sound supervisor
Manuel Karakas .... mix editor
Yumiko Konomi .... sound editor
Wolfgang Vogl .... sound
Max Wanko .... supervising sound editor
Visual Effects by
Florian Alt .... digital artist
Michael Brink .... visual effects producer
Joerg Bruemmer .... digital compositor
Joerg Bruemmer .... visual effects coordinator
Philipp Eckel .... digital artist
Ute Engel .... digital artist
Martina Kiechle .... colorist
Sebastian Locker .... digital artist
Bernd Schulze .... visual effects supervisor
Gerhard Spring .... scanning and recording
Ralf Wacker .... visual effects coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Philipp Schmitz .... gaffer
Other crew
Henner Berning .... production assistant
Stefan Ciupek .... high definition consultant
Michael Schmid-Ospach .... thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Falscher Bekenner" - Germany (original title)
"Low Profile" - USA (festival title)
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94 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Brazil:18 (Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival) | Germany:12

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Of the film, the director has said, "The cloak of intent - however ridiculous - is lighter to bear than the 'meaningless' unhappiness of the world."See more »
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13 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Odd Yet Interesting, 30 April 2006
Author: bluestorm100 from United States

I watched this last night at the Houston International Film Festival, also know as World Fest. I thought it was a bit strange, though I liked it. The German title, literally translated into English means False Confessor, and I find it upsetting that the title was changed for American audiences. The story line seemed flat and I had trouble distinguishing reality from dreams. I speak a tiny bit of German, not very much, but I could tell that the subtitles were a bit off. For example, in English we say things a certain way, and people know what we mean. In German, they say things and everyone knows what they mean, but when translated into English, it confuses us, because their common phrases differ from ours in their word choice. I think that it might have been better if the subtitles were translated literally, with the verbs put in the order of an English sentence, of course. Sometimes they would say one word, and the subtitles read the societal equivalent instead of the actually literal definition, which might have helped improve the story a little. I have to admit though, I found myself very confused during parts. I expected this to be an average foreign film, but it turned out to be an artsy, abstract foreign film. It was a good movie though. I have no problem with abstract movies, except for the fact that I have trouble telling what they really mean. I did actually get something out of this movie though and I could tell what, at least part of it's, underlying meaning was. It's about how dull things are, we leave school, we apply for jobs, they're all the same, everyone does the same thing, and we live out our existence in a dull, tired world of repetition. I could also interpret it as a young person, dulled with life, not wanting to conform to the dull existence that society forces us to fit. It is as if Armin is bored, he's tired of his dull life in the suburbs and is forced to pretend he committed crimes, and eventually more, to fill the void he has, the need for excitement and thrills. Interesting movie. I will say this though, I did see some symbolism in the mask scene.

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