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A young Austrian girl is kidnapped and held in captivity for eight years. Based on the factual case of Natascha Kampusch.

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Sherry Hormann

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Ruth Toma (screenplay), Bernd Eichinger (unfinished screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonia Campbell-Hughes ... Natascha Kampusch
Thure Lindhardt ... Wolfgang Priklopil
Amelia Pidgeon ... Young Natascha
Trine Dyrholm ... Natascha's Mother
Dearbhla Molloy ... Wolfgang's Mother
Roeland Wiesnekker ... Natascha's Father
Ellen Schwiers ... Natascha's Grandmother
Erni Mangold ... Wolfgang's Grandmother
Sebastian Weber ... Ernst Holzapfel
Tina Grawe
Angelina Noa Angelina Noa ... Russian Woman
Nicholas Reinke Nicholas Reinke
Thomas Loibl
Henry Schindler Henry Schindler
Michael A. Grimm ... Policeman
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Storyline

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 Bulma PunkRocker

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Die wahre Geschichte der Natascha Kampusch (The true story of Natascha Kampusch)

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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Trivia

Natascha Kampusch now owns the house that Wolfgang Priklopil kept her imprisoned stating that it was a big part of her formative years and that she didn't want it destroyed or vandalised. The cellar, thought to be part of a bomb shelter built by Wolfgang's grandfather, was filled in though. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 20 mins) Priklopil's arm is around Natascha's back, the next scene his arm is right next to Natascha's arm and they're both with their backs on the wall. See more »

Quotes

Natascha Kampusch: Why did you pick me?
Wolfgang Priklopil: I've seen your smile.
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Connections

Featured in Natascha Kampusch - Ein Schicksal im Rampenlicht (2013) See more »

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Potentially the best drama - Ruined by amateur edition
2 January 2015 | by facorreadSee all my reviews

I came to this film without any assumptions, nothing more than the hope to be told (more like summarized) the incredible story of what this lady had to go through.

Characters were well developed by the the writing staff as well as the actors. The actors with English as a second language had some trouble with their characterizations, they looked a bit stiff/expositive at some times.

The real problem with this film was the editing. Lack of expertise was palpable in the way this film was cut. It lacked both cohesion and continuity. It looked like a photo reel at times. The notable exceptions were: the fantastic transition marking 4 years of captivity, and the transition to freedom. They were really well done, very professional. Then how come the rest of the editing is so amateurish?

The first minutes of film were rushed: Lady calls for help. Cut to little girl with her father in a bar. Cut to sleeping girl. Cut to angry mom, cut to walk to school, ... All in a few moments. It absolutely looked as a collection of takes of different girls in different situations.

There are several continuity errors distracting the viewer. The producers, director, and editors should have reviewed the edition with more detail. There were also some pointless decisions in the editing room, such as the first slow-motion scene, which had no purpose in being slow, and the focus on some window while dancing. No context, no purpose.

Although the writing was good, there are situations and lines of dialogue going sideways and getting lost. Vegetarianism, media bias, a drunk father, a joke, an establishing shot of a house with dimming lights which absolutely confuses and/or enrages.

The victim writing a secret list of received abuses, while calling them out, presumably for the viewer to hear, but at the same knowing that her captor is probably listening, is something which should have been written with more thought.

Original music for this film was rather scarce. I think it was well composed but original music should also have been put in important scenes of the film. These scenes were hurt because of that silence.

The rest of reviews for this film address other problems I agree with.

I think a director's cut is in order. After addressing these problems the film would be awesome. Also, this film's staff is in debt to this lady and her family; they should have been more careful with the editing and music, out of respect and sensibility, just as they were careful at writing, acting, producing. By the way, the sets were terrific, claustrophobic, overwhelming.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

28 February 2013 (Germany) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Munich, Bavaria, Germany

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