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Hounded (2006)

Verfolgt (original title)
Angelina Maccarone's intense drama deals with the obsessive relationship between a confused teenager and an elder woman. Elsa Seifert successfully works as probation officer, but the ... See full summary »

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Angelina Maccarone

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Susanne Billig
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Cast overview:
Kostja Ullmann ... Jan Winkler
Maren Kroymann ... Elsa Seifert
Moritz Grove Moritz Grove ... Frieder
Sila Sahin Sila Sahin ... Sonnur
Ada Labahn Ada Labahn ... Manuela
Markus Voellenklee Markus Voellenklee ... Raimar
Stephanie Charlotta Koetz Stephanie Charlotta Koetz ... Daniela
Sophie Rogall ... Babette
Susanne Billig Susanne Billig ... Narrator TV
Katharina Pichler Katharina Pichler ... Verkäuferin
Michael Pink ... Jugendrichter
Frank Meyer-Brockmann Frank Meyer-Brockmann ... Ralf
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Angelina Maccarone's intense drama deals with the obsessive relationship between a confused teenager and an elder woman. Elsa Seifert successfully works as probation officer, but the relationship to her longtime companion is in trouble since their common daughter moved out. Then she gets to know Jan, a 16-years-old offender, who frankly offers to submit himself sexually to her. Although being shocked in the beginning, Elsa gets more and more attracted by the young man... Written by fippi2000

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

4 January 2007 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Punish Me See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamburg, Germany

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€350,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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At one point, Jan gets into Elsa's car as she is parked on a busy street. This is shot from inside the car and, through the windscreen can be seen, parked directly in front of Elsa, a Mk.1 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet. In the next wide-shot of Elsa pulling out of the parking spot, the car directly in front of her is an Opel Tigra, with the Golf now in front of the Opel. See more »

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Elsa Seifert: [English subtitled versions] We aren't screwing... I'm having a sado-masochistic relationship with the boy. I hit him. He wants it - and I do, too. He cries; and I move around inside of him - like in a blue room; and something in me opens up inside. I've never experienced anything like it. It's wonderschon.
[Original spoken German line]
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Happy Birthday
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Self-perception and self-understanding may result in chaos and pain
29 January 2015 | by BeneCumbSee all my reviews

It happens sometimes that a new person or event could trigger a recognition that you are so fond of something uncomfortable or even prohibited... An example of this we see in Verfolgt where both protagonists - a 16-years-old lad and a 50-years-old woman obtain new, sexually-related experiences. But as they live in a world of laws and prejudices, their action - though of mutual consent - give rise to problems both at physical and emotional level.

All this here is skilfully, without sensationalism and pseudo-eroticism, depicted, and splendid performances (particularly Kostja Ullmann as Jan Winkler and Maren Kroymann as Elsa Seifert) let the film follow smoothly and without blah feelings. Whipping in German atmosphere is not, of course, very erotic, neither is black-and-white very sensual, but it is not disturbing - alike in many other "artistic" films. The ending, however, could have been more catchy, with a twist or something.

Recommended, unless you feel embarrassed of the topics of SM and/or intergenerational relationships.


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