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Der freie Wille (2006)

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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Credited cast:
... Theo Stoer
Sabine Timoteo ... Netti Engelbrecht
... Sascha
... Netti's father Claus Engelbrecht
Judith Engel ... Anja Schattschneider
Anna Brass ... Raped woman in the dunes
Anne-Kathrin Golinsky ... Seller in department store
... 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:
... Toni
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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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(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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Emotionally and psychologically very good film
12 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

A very good film about the emotional and psychology of a raper who, after nine years of condemn, is free under supervision. He gets a job and begin a relationship with a girl who has is own psychological peculiarities.

The film goes deep into the emotional and psychology of the main characters, specially the raper, and through a very good acting from both of them and a good manage of silences and dialogs, the film really makes the people get into the movie to feel the horrible suffering side from the point of view of the victims and the struggle that Theo has to deal inside with.

Also it shows to us the hard part of knowing and, after, accepting the past life of Theo by Neeti. At the end and after hard struggle within, Theo realizes that he can not fight against his own "frei Wille".

The film is indeed too long but it never makes you feel bored or lose interest. A very impacting and good film.


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