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The Culpable (2015)

Verfehlung (original title)
The life and faith of a Catholic prison minister is shaken when his friend and colleague is taken into custody under suspicion of sexual abuse, which drives him to discover the truth.


Gerd Schneider

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Credited cast:
Sebastian Blomberg ... Jakob
Hartmut Becker ... Kardinal Schoeller
Valerie Koch ... Susanne Weihe
George Tounas ... Priest
Kai Schumann ... Dominik
Sandra Borgmann ... Vera Rubin
Tara Marie Linke ... Claudia (as Marie-Sarah Linke)
Oskar Bökelmann Oskar Bökelmann ... Mike Rubin
Jan Messutat ... Oliver
Anne Düe Anne Düe ... Anja Zdrojewski
Bernd Würch Bernd Würch ... Arbeiter / JVA-Beamter
Anna Maria Bergold Anna Maria Bergold ... Pfarrgemeinderatsmitglied
Sebastian Kowski Sebastian Kowski ... Raul
Joerg Adae Joerg Adae ... Pfarrer Lennartz
Rade Radovic Rade Radovic ... Anton


The life and faith of a Catholic prison minister is shaken when his friend and colleague is taken into custody under suspicion of sexual abuse, which drives him to discover the truth.

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26 March 2015 (Germany) See more »

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Mea Maxima Culpa
2 September 2016 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This burning subject was also treated in a French MTV work "Le Silence Des Eglises" starring Robin Renucci ,a few years back.

Three priests ,three friends who do a lot of sport together:the three musketeers...One day ,one of them (Dominik) is accused of sexually abusing a teenager;whereas Jacob tries to investigate ,Oliver's priority is to hush a scandalous rumor.

"I've known him for years!" says a desperate Jacob;and however,he KNOWS,perhaps more than he tells us;here comes the tragic problem of the seal of confession: this is certainly this buried secret who reminds Jacob of Christ's parable :"you see the mote in your brother's eye ,but not the beam in your own".Actually,if the affair is kept quiet,other children might be raped and he would be responsible...

.....just as the bishop in the French " Silence Des Eglises" (=the silence of the churches)who knew the priest's behavior and did not want his church to lose any credibility;that's exactly what Olivier says after his friend meets the bishop ,who ,cowardly,speaks of mercy and forgiving ,and is more interested in the ordination ceremony.

"I was in love ! it was not a rape! you know who I am !" screams a distraught Dominik;"No,I haven't got any idea of who you are " his mate answers .Even the purest friendship can be called into question,so can the religious authorities.

A movie which should not be missed ,"Verfehlung" is as convincing a statement as "Le silence Des Eglises";the ARTE channel screened both films.It's not a true story,but we have all heard of affairs such as this one.

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