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

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A man is released from a mental institution after serving 9 years for multiple rape.

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Credited cast:
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Theo Stoer
Sabine Timoteo ...
Netti Engelbrecht
André Hennicke ...
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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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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Selfish genes
25 July 2009 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

This physically and emotionally extremely violent movie is a deep meditation on an essential philosophical problem regarding mankind: man's free will, his freedom and liberty of action. It is the story of a man who tries to master his sexually sadistic drive against women. With harsh explicit shots the camera shows the uphill struggle against this obsession baked into the genes: 'It is inside me. It is inside me'. How can I get rid of it? This movie, with a sublime Jurgen Vogel in an extremely difficult role, is one of the greatest masterpieces of all time. It is a must see for all those who want to know who we really are.


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