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System Crasher (2019)

Systemsprenger (original title)
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On her wild quest for love, 9-year-old Benni's untamed energy drives everyone around her to despair.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Helena Zengel ... Bernadette 'Benni' Klaaß
Albrecht Schuch ... Michael 'Micha' Heller, Anti-Gewalt-Trainer
Gabriela Maria Schmeide Gabriela Maria Schmeide ... Frau Bafané, Jugendamtmitarbeiterin
Lisa Hagmeister ... Bianca Klaaß, Bennis Mutter
Melanie Straub Melanie Straub ... Dr. Schönemann
Victoria Trauttmansdorff Victoria Trauttmansdorff ... Pflegemutter Silvia
Maryam Zaree ... Elli Heller
Tedros Teclebrhan Tedros Teclebrhan ... Erzieher Robert
Matthias Brenner ... Erzieher Wolfgang
Louis von Klipstein Louis von Klipstein ... Praktikant Dennis
Barbara Philipp Barbara Philipp ... Heimleiterin Redekamp
Amelle Schwerk Amelle Schwerk ... Erzieherin Mona
Sashiko Hara Sashiko Hara ... Verkäuferin
Fine Belger Fine Belger ... Erzieherin Kati
Imke Büchel Imke Büchel ... Autofahrerin Frau Herzog
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She is small, but dangerous. Wherever Benni ends up, she is immediately expelled. The wild 9-year-old girl has already become what child protection services call a "system crasher". And she is certainly not looking to change her ways. Because Benni has one single goal: to be back at home with her mommy. But Bianca is scared of her own daughter. Mrs Bafané from child protection services is trying her best to find a permanent placement for Benni. She hires the anger management trainer Micha as Benni's school escort and suddenly there is a seed of hope. Will Micha be able to succeed where all others despaired? Written by Weydemann Bros.

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

19 September 2019 (Germany) See more »

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$482,495
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Not for everyone
23 September 2019 | by velvet_zooSee all my reviews

This story about a TS and temper tantrum ridden child meanders aimlessly, sometimes feeling like a sad slow river going nowhere but into murky waters. Film is way too long as the screenplay lacks in form and structure. Helena Zengel keeps throwing her tantrums becoming harder to watch each time while the plot becomes less than negligible. Probably this is meant to reflect the torment of Benni's soul, conveying her paradigm of everlasting desperation. Some great acting, sensitive and credible. It does not lead to dramatic solutions one way or the other though. While the absence of hope might be the sad truth for such a sad character it left me thinking why I would have myself take hostage to this abyss. For my taste the movie would have worked better if it had offered a moments of comic relief. Benni's mother and siblings live in an apartment that feels like a posh IKEA showroom, kind of killing the overall suspense of disbelief for me.

Somehow I felt bad for the child actress and the ordeal she was going through for what I usually expect to be my entertainment. This might not be your cup of tea when sitting down with a cup of popcorn for an evening of fun. Go see it if you are thinking about working in specialized child care.


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