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  (in credits order)

Kostja Ullmann ... Jan Winkler

Maren Kroymann ... Elsa Seifert
Moritz Grove ... Frieder
Sila Sahin ... Sonnur
Ada Labahn ... Manuela
Markus Voellenklee ... Raimar
Stephanie Charlotta Koetz ... Daniela
Sophie Rogall ... Babette
Susanne Billig ... Narrator TV
Katharina Pichler ... Verkäuferin
Michael Pink ... Jugendrichter
Frank Meyer-Brockmann ... Ralf

Directed by
Angelina Maccarone 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Susanne Billig 

Produced by
Ulrike Zimmermann .... executive producer
Ulrike Zimmermann .... producer
Original Music by
Hartmut Ewert 
Jacob Hansonis 
Cinematography by
Bernd Meiners 
Film Editing by
Bettina Böhler 
Production Design by
Bernhard A. Homann 
Costume Design by
Inger-Sophie Frerichs 
Makeup Department
Axel Wilms .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tina Dupuy .... assistant director
Sound Department
Sascha Heiny .... sound mixer
Andreas Henke .... sound designer
Dirk Homann .... sound mixer
Johanna Wienert .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Rico Danschke .... digital colorist
Other crew
Lewis Cole .... script editor
Giovanni Robbiano .... script editor
Maite Wokoeck .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"Verfolgt" - Germany (original title)
"Punish Me" - USA (DVD title)
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Germany:87 min | Switzerland:85 min | Argentina:86 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Continuity: At one point, Jan gets into Elsa's car as she is parked on a busy street. This is shot from inside the car and, through the windscreen can be seen, parked directly in front of Elsa, a Mk.1 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet. In the next wide-shot of Elsa pulling out of the parking spot, the car directly in front of her is an Opel Tigra, with the Golf now in front of the Opel.See more »


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27 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Needs and Recriminations, 15 December 2007
Author: gradyharp from United States

PUNISH ME (VERFOLGT), aptly photographed in rich black and white, is a deftly made German film that raises as many questions as disturbing thoughts, a film that in every definition is a film noir - and a superb one at that. Writer Susanne Billig and director Angelina Maccarone (note: two very talented women!) have concocted a tale of disparate matching between a 50-year-old woman and a 16-year-old boy, a relationship that builds on sadomasochism as a means of filling voids in each character. The story could easily have become 'sensational' in less sensitive hands, but here, with the sound help of a superb and wholly credible cast, it asks us to examine the extremes to which people will go to feel complete.

Jan Winkler (the gifted and inordinately handsome Kostja Ullmann) is 16 and on probation for petty crimes. He is assigned to parole officer Elsa Seifert (the fine actress Maren Kroymann), a 50-year-old frustrated woman in a marriage that has stagnated. Jan feels a strange attraction to Elsa, an act that at first Elsa rebuffs and discourages but gradually becomes fascinated with the attention and seductive behavior of the young Jan. Committed to helping Jan she manages to talk her husband into employing Jan at his car repair shop the two males strike up a friendship. In a series of subtle episodes Jan suggests his need for 'structuring' to Elsa: what he needs is Elsa to punish him physically, and when Elsa complies she is attracted to the process of sadomasochistic behavior (as the Dominatrix) as well as to the tenderness that always follows their dark sessions. Elsa's husband discovers his wife's relationship with Jan while Jan's friends uncover the secret, and the resulting behavior and recriminations flesh out the surprising ending.

Both Ullmann and Kroymann are outstanding in these difficult roles and manage to maintain our empathy and understanding throughout the story. Both are exceptional actors and both have compelling screen presence. The cinematography allows us to once again remember how powerful black and white film can be. This is a film that some may find difficult to view (sadomasochism, teenage/older woman 'romance'), but the director keeps the story in tight rein and the result is a powerful tale of need and love and the sticky path that often joins the two feelings. In German with English subtitles. Recommended. Grady Harp

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