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A Good Boy (2008)

Guter Junge (original title)
After his mother's death, 17-year-old Sven moves in with his dad Achim, a taxi driver, who had divorced his mother several years earlier. It is not easy for Achim to get used to an ... See full summary »

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Torsten C. Fischer

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Karl-Heinz Käfer (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Klaus J. Behrendt Klaus J. Behrendt ... Achim Maas
Sebastian Urzendowsky ... Sven Maas
Gabriela Maria Schmeide Gabriela Maria Schmeide ... Julia
Martin Brambach ... Ralf Bechler
Bernd Michael Lade Bernd Michael Lade ... Ronald
Matthias Brenner ... Dieter
Komi Togbonou Komi Togbonou ... Gaston (as Komi Togbonu)
Helene Grass Helene Grass
Astrid Meyerfeldt Astrid Meyerfeldt ... Doris
Ursina Lardi ... Patricks Mutter
Cornelia Schmaus Cornelia Schmaus ... Svens Oma
Liv Lisa Fries ... Jennifer
Katarina Gaub Katarina Gaub ... Cordula
Ulrike Bliefert Ulrike Bliefert ... Frau Kleedörfer
Sandro Lohmann ... Patrick (as Sandro)
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After his mother's death, 17-year-old Sven moves in with his dad Achim, a taxi driver, who had divorced his mother several years earlier. It is not easy for Achim to get used to an adolescent around the house, especially since Sven hardly speaks to him. But Sven does well in school, and Achim hopes that time will bring them closer together. It is Achim's girlfriend Julia who first senses that something is wrong with Sven. Why, she wonders, does he always hang around with young boys? Why does not he have any friends his own age? She suspects that he is gay. The truth, however, is somewhat more nuanced - and chilling: Sven has pedophile tendencies. Proof is soon found on videos that shock and sicken Achim. Sven himself is shattered and regrets his actions. Julia suggests therapy, but Achim is convinced that he and Sven can handle this together. But he is wrong. Though Sven practically begs his father to lock him up in his room, Achim has confidence in his son - a confidence that soon ... Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

9 April 2008 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Good Boy See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany

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1.78 : 1
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Sensitive portrayal of a sensitive subject
16 May 2011 | by RichardvonLustSee all my reviews

Sven is just 17, looks completely normal and could easily be our own son or brother. That is the strength of this film. Sven appears to be like any other teenager but he has a dark secret. As much as he loathes his own feelings Sven is irresistibly attracted to prepubescent boys. He searches them out with his video camera posing as a casting scout and persuading them to dance around half naked, kiss his finger and perhaps even more.

His father discovers this and wrestles with the problem. But can it be solved? Does outright revulsion and condemnation achieve anything? Will Sven always be a pedophile? These are the central questions of a drama that has huge relevance to our modern society. It is well acted, crisply scripted and hugely sympathetic to the sheer tragedy of pedophilia and our general difficulties in dealing with it.

Well recommended.


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