Directed by: Christian Alvart
Starring: Wotan Wilke Möhring, André Hennicke, Hauke Diekamp, Heinz Hoenig, Nina Proll
Language: German (English subtitles)
Genres: Detective/Mystery, Serial Killers, Old-Young, Family
Plot – Spoilers:
Michael Martens is a cop in a small German farming village, who’s obsessed with finding the killer of a little girl who was brutally murdered a few years back. The murder shook the village up and Martens sees himself as the one who can bring an end to the suspicion and prevailing fear.
The movie begins with a killer being arrested by cops in a dramatic scene that involves him frolicking around in the nude, smeared in blood. A pedophile who killed young boys, he denies butchering the young girl. The detectives assigned to the case don’t believe his bullshit rants and bring in Martens to see if he can get the killer to confess.
Martens is already struggling with the distance his obsession has added to his relationships with his community and family members, and the visit to the city fills him with temptation, guilt and taste for a dark unexplored side.
Wotan Wilke Möhring as Martens with his boyish looks is believable as the naive, yet tormented small-town cop. The killer senses his vulnerabilities and psychologically tries to play with his mind, planting seeds of suspicion that threaten to tear Martens apart.
Nina Proll stars in a short sex scene that elicits previously unexplored impulses from Martens.
Martens and his stuck-up disapproving father-in-law: All their moments together where Martens despite his position of power as a policeman finds himself helpless and bullied by the vindictive older man. The dog-killing scene is quite impactful because in the lead up to it, we start to believe that at this point in his life, Martens only seems to be able to connect with his dog. And to see it shot dead makes us feel for his loneliness and misery.
Martens and his son: Not my Son, Not my Son!
After the little pyromaniac wannabe sets fire to his sister’s dollhouse, Martens loses it briefly. In the lead up to this scene, we see Martens is struggling and traumatized by the concept of evil to the point of losing interest in hunting deer. To then see his son slipping away into the dark side right in front of his eyes becomes unbearable.
surprised this hasnt been remade and ruined by hollywood
dark wonderful film
Solid decent thriller, but wasn’t effedup at all.
Thank God for the happy ending! I almost shed a tear. It was hard to watch animals being harmed in this movie though. Overall, fantastic movie! You’re still the man EUM!
loved this movie from start to finish, one of my all time favorites, along with Mulberry St and Asylum Blackout ( the incident )
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Fantastic thriller, my god the ending was sheer brilliance.
Absolutely brilliant film!
I loved this movie!
oh shit it’s Daryl!!fuck me up bitch!
well,shit,he’s dead?who tf even injured him?!
this is a betrayal of the century,he showed up and is already in afucking coma?!i’M heartbroken and imma go cry now.
why don’t ants get sick?
Wow…. Excellent…. Exactly what a modern dark thriller should be .
Ace story..nice sub plots. . Gritty…. Dam enjoyable fast paced AND a decent length.
Fantastic film… Had me hooked from start to finish…. I was convinced the boy had something to do with it the second it showed he pissed the bed at 13 *Massive Spoiler* but how wrong was i!! 8.5/10
damn you guys for these comments, the movie was stupid and the religion theme is so overdone. would be so much better if the young’un had actually killed the girl