Based on real life events. 10 years old Austrian girl, Natascha Kampusch was kidnapped on March 03, 1998, on her way to school. She spent 8 and a half years under strict captivity by her kidnapper, and managed to survive one of the cruelest experiences a child should never have.Written by
Antonia Campbell-Hughes lost 64 pounds to play the role of Natascha Kampusch. Campbell-Hughes told the Evening Standard, that "There was an understanding from the beginning that I would suffer as much as she did." The actress told that she kept a photo of Lara Flynn Boyle circa 1998 on her fridge. See more »
At Natascha's 18 birthday, she has long hair. The next scene, she has a bad "bob" haircut. In the following scene, her hair is long again. It's not even 6 months yet, and her hair went to long, short, and long again. See more »
Subject matter taboo and excellent it's been brought to light
Some of the reviews for this film reveal the "blame the victim" mentality held by society towards victims of sex crimes. The hints of blaming the victims echo the usual excuses, that these victims in some way got what they "deserve" for not apparently fighting back, for "letting it happen", and on and on. These rationalizations are some of the worst blows to the victims and conversely one of the greatest supports of the perpetrators.
It is necessary for films like this to be made so the myths and lies of sex slavery are viewed for what the reality is: torture, plain and simple. In one of her newspaper interviews after the film was made, Ms. Kampusch stated that the reality was far worse than the film depicted, so this glimpse into the world of sex slavery was watered down considerably.
I also was glad that there were hints of mysterious behavior from other characters involved in the story who may or may not have been involved in what the Austrian police later publicly claimed may have been the machinations of a pedophile ring, which may have helped this perpetrator abduct and psychologically torture the victim. Too bad this statement from the Austrian police was not included in the film.
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