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The Free Will (2006)

Der freie Wille (original title)
Unrated | | Crime, Drama | 24 August 2006 (Germany)
A man is released from a mental institution after serving 9 years for multiple rape.

Director:

Matthias Glasner
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jürgen Vogel ... Theo Stoer
Sabine Timoteo Sabine Timoteo ... Netti Engelbrecht
André Hennicke ... Sascha
Manfred Zapatka ... Netti's father Claus Engelbrecht
Judith Engel Judith Engel ... Anja Schattschneider
Anna Brass Anna Brass ... Raped woman in the dunes
Anne-Kathrin Golinsky Anne-Kathrin Golinsky ... Seller in department store
Maya Bothe ... Sybille
Frank Wickermann Frank Wickermann ... Michael
Anna De Carlo Anna De Carlo ... Waitress
Bernadette Büllmann Bernadette Büllmann ... Singer of "Ave Maria"
Andreas Laurenz Maier Andreas Laurenz Maier ... Marius (as Andreas L. Maier)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marcel Batangtaris ... Toni
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | French

Release Date:

24 August 2006 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A szabad akarat See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgium See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,398
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Goofs

(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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Referenced in Thanatos, Drunk (2015) See more »

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what a great movie
3 May 2007 | by gsb77See all my reviews

2 days ago i saw "der freie wille". now, after 2 days and many thoughts, i'm more than positive about this movie. what it makes great, is the brilliant script, especially when you consider the subject, the superb acting by jürgen vogel and sabine timoteo and the discreet, but precise directing by matthias glasner. while watching the movie i was drawn into the story, understood the characters and felt with them. i actually was talking loud in front of the screen. that might sound a bit silly due to it's just a movie, but i was captured. despite the length and the difficult subject of the movie, i just can highly recommend this film!!!


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