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

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Nora Fingscheidt
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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 ... 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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Drama

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The song Benni sings in the car is "Kommissar Ärmchen" by Olli Schulz. He created that song about a fictional underwater detective for his podcast "Fest und Flauschig". See more »

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Stunning Portrayal of an Out of Control Child
18 January 2020 | by mandy-1See all my reviews

I saw this at the Palm Springs Film Festival. It was so real I had to remind myself it was a theatrical film, not a documentary, when it was over. It's raw and moving, flawlessly directed, edited and above all acted. Not easy to view but so well worth it. It's been a week and I still think about it. I imagine it will be in indy theaters before long. If you get a chance and like truly unique films, go see it!


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Official Sites:

Official Site (de)

Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

21 February 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

System Crasher See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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$546,444
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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