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The Child (2012)

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Defence attorney Robert Stern can scarcely believe his eyes when he meets with the mysterious client who has summoned him to a godforsaken industrial park. To his astonishment, the ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dieter Hallervorden ... Mr. Stiemer
Peter Greene ... Martin Engler
Eric Roberts ... Robert Stern
Ben Becker ... Andreas Borchert
Christian Traeumer Christian Traeumer ... Simon Sachs
Sunny Mabrey ... Carina Freitag
Yvonne Maria Schäfer ... Sophie Stern
Clemens Schick ... Thomas Brandmann
Reiner Schöne ... Frederik Losensky
Luc Feit Luc Feit ... Dr. Tiefensee
Dieter Landuris Dieter Landuris ... Harry
Julia Ubrankovics Julia Ubrankovics ... Mid-Wife
Zsolt Bács ... Sly
Daniela Ziegler Daniela Ziegler ... Mrs. Stiemer
Lisa Hünnekens Lisa Hünnekens ... Stella


Defence attorney Robert Stern can scarcely believe his eyes when he meets with the mysterious client who has summoned him to a godforsaken industrial park. To his astonishment, the defendant is a ten-year-old boy, a fragile child with a chronic illness who insists that he was a murderer in a former life. Robert Stern's surprise turns into horror when he searches the cellar described by Simon and finds a human skeleton whose skull has been split by an axe. But this is only the beginning. Simon tells him of other victims whose bodies have lain undiscovered for years. Suddenly, the present becomes murderously dangerous as well... Written by Sebastian Fitzek

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I'm Simon - I'm ten years old - I'm a serial killer...




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Release Date:

18 October 2012 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Kind See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany


Box Office


€5,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Based on the book "Das Kind" by German author Sebastian Fitzek. See more »


Referenced in Making of 'Das Kind' (2013) See more »

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Great idea - bad... everything else!
24 May 2016 | by anomis_anandaSee all my reviews

I liked the idea and the general plot twist, as it ends up being not what it starts as (just so I don't spoil this for others by sharing too much).

But everything aside from that, was absolutely horrible! Bad acting, awful screen writing job, especially when it goes for the dialogues, horrid directing with major mistakes - things the viewer already knew for a half an hour, would be made seem as the main characters' huge revelation and culmination. Just poor. To be honest, I give it a 3/10 just because the idea was good, and I am giving that to the book author. I'm amazed I made it through the movie with such patience, actually...

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