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Der freie Wille (2006)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama | 24 August 2006 (Germany)
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
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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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Brilliant, Intense and Brave Film-making
3 May 2006 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

Just saw this at the Tribeca Film Festival and it's one of the most intelligent, raw, intense and thought provoking films I've ever seen. It's unfortunate that some audience members and critics will focus on the graphic scenes of rape, tender lovemaking, masturbation and emotional trauma.

The movie ultimately is about the extreme strength and fragility of personal will. We're shown how one person's surfacing unconditional love strengthens that person's will enough to accept and (heart wrenchingly) and not stop the complete relinquishing of another's personal will. Heady stuff, but very cleanly done.

The two lead performers, Jürgen Vogel & Sabine Timoteo, fully inhabit and bring to surface the deeply-buried emotional chaos and trajectories of their characters. (The brilliance of their work would be lost on audience members who aren't used to understanding different cultures, i.e.: Germans cool, thoughtful communication style.) Their performances are nothing short of phenomenal.

If you love great film making, see this. But brace yourself for a very compelling and intense 2.75 albeit efficient hours. You will be blown away. I found it very insightful and moving.


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