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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.
I only live a few miles away from Freistatt, Germany, and at least regionally the movie got some attention. "Freistatt" deals with a topic that is not often dealt with in movies, chose original locations for filming and lists some very able actors (Max Riemelt, Alexander Held) in its cast.
There is no fluff or filler in this movie, no boredom coming up. But while it is a good "time piece" in the sense that it gives you a good idea what it was like in that particular time and situation, there is no plot that is strong enough to really hold the movie together.
Ultimately, I would only recommend it to those who are curious about or have any connection to those failures of the education system that existed for way too long.
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