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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.

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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

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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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A brilliant title for a brilliant movie
1 April 2010 | by reb_vodka_042099See all my reviews

Ah, the always-magnificent German cinema comes through once more. 2 hours and 43 minutes of stupendous cinema experience is what this movie is.

I really can't say whose performance was the greatest: Sabine Timoteo's or Jurgen Vogel's? They were both so rattling in their own way. And the subject of the movie is bold, carelessly blow-to-blow, heartbreaking.

This movie has no beauty in it. But that's exactly the beauty in it. There's no poetry in it but it's so poetic. Every close-up, every character panning, every scream. Obsession and addiction and the free will.


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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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