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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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Germany:163 min (Berlin International Film Festival) | Argentina: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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23 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
Mature subject matter, but flawed in its execution, 8 March 2006
Author: the_man_with_a_long_name from Gloucestershire, England

I, too, saw this film at the Berlinale, and though the matter of rape was treated with maturity and frankness, the film itself was constructed poorly. More than anything, it was bland - camera placement and cuts were standard fare, non-diagetic sound was near non-existent, and the dialogue was highly unrealistic, comprising of long, drawn-out pauses interspersed with briefly-spoken lines.

The upshot of this was that I felt no attachment to the characters beyond a basic sympathy for their current predicaments - dialogue was stretched out to the point of losing its emotional resonance, and many lines were delivered with little feeling from the actors. I was particularly unconvinced by Sabine Timoteo's performance, whose talent restricted her to screaming rather than actual crying. Compared to Claire Dane's stunning depiction of anguish in Romeo and Juliet, I felt wholly unsatisfied by her performance.

It was these factors that made the characters feel less than human, failing to imbue them with life. This, coupled with the utterly bland direction and editing, meant that I felt no attachment to them, and I was left gagging for each coming line of dialogue purely to provide a break from the silent, expressionless moments in between. Drawing out the narrative to over two and a half hours simply rubbed salt in the wound.

The Free Will was not in itself awful, but there were so few points of interest that I found myself becoming restless within forty minutes, and when the credits rolled in what will doubtless be considered a brilliantly emotional finale, I still felt little attachment to the characters.

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