A documentary that reveals what its subjects do in their respective basements.


Ulrich Seidl


Veronika Franz (idea & concept), Ulrich Seidl (idea & concept)
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Cast overview:
Fritz Lang Fritz Lang ... Self
Alfreda Klebinger Alfreda Klebinger ... Self
Manfred Ellinger Manfred Ellinger ... Self
Inge Ellinger Inge Ellinger ... Self
Josef Ochs Josef Ochs ... Self
Alessa Duchek Alessa Duchek ... Self
Gerald Duchek Gerald Duchek ... Self
Cora Kitty Cora Kitty ... Self
Peter Vokurek Peter Vokurek ... Self
Walter Holzer Walter Holzer ... Self


A documentary that reveals what its subjects do in their respective basements.

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Guten Abend, gut Nacht
written by Volksweise (traditional)
performed by Alfreda Klebinger
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It ruined my fantasy!
22 January 2016 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'IN THE BASEMENT': Two and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

An Austrian documentary flick; about people, hanging out in their basements, and giving into very perverse obsessions (and demented fetishes). The movie was directed by Ulrich Seidl, and it was written by Seidl and Veronika Franz. I had a chance to see it at at the OSU International Film Festival (at the Darkside Cinema, in Corvallis, OR), but I missed it. I instead recently caught it on Netflix; and I almost wish I hadn't.

The film starts out somewhat normal; as it just follows odd people around, doing strange things in their basements. As it goes on, though, the documentary gets weirder and weirder. I wanted to stop watching it, several times, but persisted (so I could do this review). It's only 82 minutes long, but it seems a lot longer (and it's a very painful 82 minutes)!

The movie is one of those films, I really wish I could unwatch. It's one of the most disturbing experiences, I've ever had (watching a film of any kind); and I love movies! I also thought I liked domineering women (and femdom fantasy), but I realize (after watching this documentary), that the real thing is definitely not for me (maybe just in role-play). Which is another reason I wish I could 'unwatch' this movie; it ruined my fantasy for me (at least for the time being)! It's well made, and serves it's purpose 'very effectively' though; at being a completely 'F'd up' film!

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Release Date:

26 September 2014 (Austria) See more »

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$748, 8 November 2015

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1.85 : 1
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