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

 -  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
Sabine Timoteo ...
Netti Engelbrecht
André Hennicke ...
Sascha
Manfred Zapatka ...
Netti's father Claus Engelbrecht
Judith Engel ...
Anja Schattschneider
Anna Brass ...
Raped woman in the dunes
Anne-Kathrin Golinsky ...
Seller in department store
Maya Bothe ...
Sybille
Frank Wickermann ...
Michael
Anna De Carlo ...
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Bernadette Büllmann ...
Singer of "Ave Maria"
Andreas Laurenz Maier ...
Marius (as Andreas L. Maier)
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Toni
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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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Great movie - without an intention, failing to move people
4 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I would not like to give a summary of the impulsive scenes or the techniques used in the film. I do refrain from talking about the movie as a logical construction. Anyway, that is exactly what was done at Ludwigshafen's 'Festival des Deutschen Films' - trying to pull the discussion onto a more emotional level, the director himself and the two protagonists failed. which stands for the extreme distance people (and eve the cast) seem to be able to keep having watched the movie. This lets me conclude that the movie, although displaying one part of human life/struggle, was unable to move people's substance.. This is the first movie that made me doubt, if the medium 'movie' can really reach people's core. Not even the realistic display of rape seems to be enough to touch people.


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