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Release Date:
24 August 2006 (Germany) See more »
A man is released from a mental institution after serving 9 years for multiple rape. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
5 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Jürgen Vogel ... 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 ... Waitress
Bernadette Büllmann ... Singer of "Ave Maria"
Andreas Laurenz Maier ... Marius (as Andreas L. Maier)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Marcel Batangtaris ... Toni

Directed by
Matthias Glasner 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Judith Angerbauer 
Matthias Glasner 
Jürgen Vogel 

Produced by
Frank Döhmann .... producer
Matthias Glasner .... co-producer
Christian Granderath .... producer
Andrea Hanke .... producer: WDR
Pit Krause .... line producer
Markéta Polednová .... junior producer
Andreas Schreitmüller .... producer: Arte
Jürgen Vogel .... co-producer
Cinematography by
Matthias Glasner 
Ingo Scheel 
Film Editing by
Mona Bräuer 
Matthias Glasner 
Julia Wiedwald 
Casting by
Simone Bär 
Production Design by
Tom Hornig 
Conny Kotte  (as Conni Kotte)
Costume Design by
Sabine Keller 
Makeup Department
Irene Rossi .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Martin Kopischke .... production manager
Kathrin Laugalies .... unit manager
Thomas Padre Kürsten .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sarah Altmann .... assistant director
Art Department
Lutz Hornig .... prop assistant
Andi Kunze .... assistant production designer
Sound Department
Hubert Bartholomae .... sound mixer
Michael Müller .... foley editor
Jörn Poetzl .... foley artist (as Joern Poetzl)
Claudia Schuhmacher .... sound assistant (as Claudia Schumacher)
Philipp Sellier .... foley recordist
Stefan Soltau .... sound
Stefan Soltau .... supervising sound editor
Tini Tüllmann .... sound assistant
Björn Wiese .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Karl-Heinz Bochnig .... special effects
Volker Lorig .... special effects
Niklas Voigt .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Wolf Bosse .... digital intermediate
Lutz Lemke .... credits
Tony Nitschke .... dustbuster
Frieda Oberlin .... digital intermediate supervisor
Philipp Orgassa .... digital intermediate colorist
Gerhard Spring .... film recording
Christian Tröger .... digital intermediate finisher
Ralf Wacker .... digital intermediate supervisor
Jason Oettle .... assistant stunt coordinator
Steve Thiede .... stunt performer
Rainer Werner .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Daniel Best .... lighting assistant
Pit Holleber .... electrician
Martin Neuse .... electrician
Ingo Scheel .... gaffer
Kai Stichel .... assistant camera
Casting Department
Silvia Davulcu .... extras casting
Editorial Department
Sergej Range .... on-line editor
Bianca Stumpf .... color timer
Adi Wolotzky .... assistant editor
Silke Zirnité .... assistant editor
Music Department
Karin Gatzke .... music consultant
Karin Gatzke .... music coordinator
Björn Wiese .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
Sören Hirtz .... production driver
Wilm Huygen .... production driver
Other crew
Vivian Bach .... production assistant
Salvatore di Franco .... production accountant
Ralph Djouadi .... assistant set manager
Dirk Drebelow .... story editor
Heike Gnida .... production assistant
Sandra Hofmann .... set manager
Georg Höss .... head of legal affairs
Kai Hülsmann .... location manager
Lutz Lemke .... title designer
Carla Schoenfelder .... production assistant
Nadja Tausch .... location manager: Berlin
Geraldine Voss .... assistant to producer
Roberto Walter .... location manager
Jan Zillmann .... location manager
Jan Zillmann .... set manager

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Der freie Wille" - Germany (original title)
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163 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Continuity: (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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46 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant, Intense and Brave Film-making, 3 May 2006
Author: tkam from NYC

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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