Wanted for a long time, serial killer Gabriel Engel gets arrested in a spectacular police strike. Small town cop Michael Martens travels to the big city to interrogate him and finds out more then he is looking for.
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Geert Van Rampelberg,
Johan van Assche
Julian, the German, Yassin, the Turk, and Addi, the African, have the same mother but different fathers. When they learn about each others existence they go on a road trip together in search for their common roots.
Long wanted serial killer Gabriel Engel gets arrested in a spectacular police strike. Small town cop Michael Martens travels to the big city to interrogate him. He associates a brutal murder case with the killer's method and hopes to close the case by getting a confession from Engel. Instead the clash of the two totally opposite characters shakes Michaels beliefs to the ground, turning him into a dangerous threat, an enemy to the people around him.Written by
Christian Alvart: [mirror shot] (at around 1h 7 mins) Michael (Wotan Wilke Möhring) in his hotel room in the city. He sees Gabriel Engel (André Hennicke) behind him who isn't really there. Alvart uses his typical shot: Michael is reflected by three mirrors, effectively showing him four times from all angles. Gabriel Engel is only in one of them. See more »
The world is unfair. Even to people like us. Pedro Alonso Lopez committed 300 sex murders. Now, 20 years later, who remembers him? Not a soul. Jack the Ripper is world-famous, and for what? Five bitches. Five! And Charley Manson. The hippie they called "Our Emperor" didn't even commit one murder himself.
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The film is about a serial killer who is caught and admits to all of his murders except the one of Lucia in a small, close-knit Catholic village in Germany.
The great thing about this movie is that it is not a true horror film. The director said in the Q&A after the movie that he didn't want his killer to be respected, like Hannibal, who he says "looks like the cool guy in the movie". He says that since he is locked up the whole time the audience can be sure that there will be no more murders and so most of the movie is talking and trying to create closure. The movie is very much a focus on the minds of normal people versus what happens to the make a normal person turn into a serial killer. Alvart did a lot of research for the movie on serial killers, Catholocism (spending months working in a church), and being a father, there is a lot on parent-child relationships. There are so many levels that are covered in this movie and that is why it is so engrossing and watchable. It is a totally intellectual film that makes you think about social issues as well as completely scaring and creeping you out. The ending was so amazing. It is the best thriller I have ever seen and no one would ever think that Alvart was the most skeptical of this script ever being produced.Alvart said this film is the most personal out of the many scripts he proposed to producers.
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