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The Free Will (2006)
"Der freie Wille" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  24 August 2006 (Germany)
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A man is released from a mental institution after serving 9 years for multiple rape.

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Theo Stoer
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Netti Engelbrecht
André Hennicke ...
Manfred Zapatka ...
Netti's father Claus Engelbrecht
Judith Engel ...
Anja Schattschneider
Anna Brass ...
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Anne-Kathrin Golinsky ...
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Maya Bothe ...
Sybille
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Anna De Carlo ...
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Andreas Laurenz Maier ...
Marius (as Andreas L. Maier)
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After nine years in psychiatric detention Theo, who has brutally assaulted and raped three women, is released. Living in a supervised community, he connects well with his social worker Sascha, finds a job at a print shop and even a girlfriend, Nettie, his principal's brittle and estranged daughter. But even though superficially everything seems to work out Theo's seething rage remains ready to erupt. Written by Armin Ortmann {armin@sfb288.math.tu-berlin.de}

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(at around 1h 08 mins) When Theo brings Sascha to the train station, the approaching train on the track is an Intercity Express (ICE). In the next shot, the train that is actually stopping at the platform is NOT an ICE, but an Intercity (IC) train, which can be identified by different windows and the gray rooftop. See more »

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Gripping movie experience but way too long
2 August 2006 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Saw it here in Germany yesterday. This is a pretty intense film. It's a psychological study about two people, one of them a rapist and one a shy young women (strange personality as well) who seem to develop feelings for each other. Because of the very gritty atmosphere and some disturbing scenes quite a few people left the cinema. Even though I appreciated some of the film's aspects like not holding back on anything and developing deep characters I still felt like the director forgot to deliver a final cut of the movie: it was so long (160 minutes) and stuffed with endless shots that didn't help the story, that I felt bored many times, in spite of the extreme story and the brilliant acting. Another thing that bugged me was the low resolution, low color, video camera style which was probably supposed to make the film look even more bleak - unnecessary in my opinion.

Had it been cut to regular film length, it would have greatly benefited the impact of the movie. Like this, for me it's a 7.

P.S. One guy here mentioned in his review, that understanding of different cultures is necessary like the Germans' "cool and thoughtful communication style". I have never seen people in Germany talk as little as the characters in this movie and can't imagine any two people to build a relationship based on one sentence per five minutes.


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