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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 ... 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 ... 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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So bad it's.......well, bad.
29 June 2015 | by tamsin-01401See all my reviews

What in the name of Morgan Freeman is this rubbish? The acting was so wooden it gave me splinters....sadly, they were in my eyes! The plot didn't even have the decency to revel in it's own ridiculousness....and the execution? For such a teeny budget it didn't look bad but the set-pieces that were there to disquiet verged on 6th-form, end-of-term parody. Creepy for all the wrong reasons. What a shame a good idea took the wrong direction. Sure it would have been better in German. Maybe even in Norwegian or Welsh....at least then I wouldn't have to understand the clunky dialogue and painful delivery.

I'm going off now to exfoliate with sandpaper to try and get rid of this grubby feeling.

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