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Sanctuary (2015)

Freistatt (original title)
A young free-minded German 14 year old boy in a northern Lower Saxony province town is in love with his mother. His stepfather identifies him as a competitor, and has him brought to a ... See full summary »

Director:

Marc Brummund

Writers:

Nicole Armbruster (as Nicole Armburster), Marc Brummund
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Hofmann ... Wolfgang
Alexander Held Alexander Held ... Hausvater Brockmann
Stephan Grossmann ... Bruder Wilde
Max Riemelt ... Bruder Krapp
Katharina Lorenz ... Ingrid
Uwe Bohm Uwe Bohm ... Heinz
Langston Uibel Langston Uibel ... Anton
Enno Trebs ... Bernd
Justus Rosenkranz Justus Rosenkranz ... Mattis
Ole Joensson Ole Joensson ... Hans
Anna Bullard ... Angelika
Hans-Peter Korff Hans-Peter Korff ... Pastor Abeln
Hendrik von Bültzingslöwen Hendrik von Bültzingslöwen ... Bruder Hanebuth
Megan Gay ... Frau vom Jugendamt
Katharina Schütz Katharina Schütz ... Frau Brockmann
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A young free-minded German 14 year old boy in a northern Lower Saxony province town is in love with his mother. His stepfather identifies him as a competitor, and has him brought to a boarding school run by a Christian organisation. The headmaster is a psychotic person. The headmaster, and his employees want to break him, and all the other boys there as well. Tortured and hard working he decides to flee. Rioting and fearless he flees, makes his way back to his hometown only to find that his mother and stepfather won't believe his story, betray him to extradite him again to the boarding school. After months his stepfather dies unexpected and mama wants him back. There is no way back home - only the away from all the people who betrayed him to find his own way in this world.

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If you doubt the authenticity of this film...
12 March 2020 | by g_imdb-43See all my reviews

Check out Wolfgang Petersen's 1977 film "The Consequence" (currently free at Amazon) which tells a very similar story of how parents could commit their "incorrigible" teens to these brutal institutional schools.

And if you make it to the end of "Sanctuary," you'll see that the German government has admitted these things were happening, and has paid restitution to some of the victims.


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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

25 June 2015 (Germany) See more »

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Hamburg, Germany See more »

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$15,864
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