Child I Never Was (2002)

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Avg Rating: 3.7 / 5. Voted: 33

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AKA: Ein Leben Lang Kurze Hosen Tragen
Directed by: Kai S Pieck
Starring: Tobias Schenke (older Jürgen), Sebastian Urzendowsky (younger Jürgen), Ulrike Bliefert (Mother), Walter Gontermann (Father)
Country: Germany
Language: English (Eng Subs)
Runtime: 01:20:38
Genres: Based on a True Story, Serial Killers, Gay-themed, Childhood-Teen-oriented, Family, Domestic Abuse, Old-Young, Kidnapping, Necrophilia, Religious people

Plot – Spoilers:
Based on the German teen serial killer Jürgen Bartsch, who targeted younger boys. The Child I Never Was follows Jürgen growing up in odd circumstances – his mother for starters bathed him, well into his late teens.

The films covers the abductions and killings without getting too explicit, but the real magic happens when the convicted Jürgen reminisces on his crimes, opening his mind and motivations in riveting detail. A character with such extreme self-loathing, that he believed the only time someone would accept him were if they were dead.

8 thoughts on “Child I Never Was (2002)

    • November 26, 2020 at 12:48 pm

      As a fan of Ben Shapiro, I couldn’t help but chuckle at that a bit. Good one. It was fitting to read that right after watching the last scene. Lol

  • November 25, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    I liked that a lot! 🙂

  • November 27, 2020 at 4:58 am

    I just watched this movie because it seemed to be of the disturbing nature, and I feel as though I’m beginning to run out of options of movies that could be on the ‘most disturbing movies’ lists. I didn’t catch that it was based on a true story until after I finished it. Truly, this movie was uncomfortable to watch. With that said, after reading just the Wikipedia page on this dude, it is my belief that they could’ve done quite a bit more to exhibit why he was so disturbed. The sexual abuse he received from his adoptive mother as well as being “detained in an underground cellar for six years.” I don’t remember any of that being explained in the midst of him telling his life story in the movie. Nevertheless, I think I’ll still rate this 7/10, at least.

  • September 14, 2021 at 12:01 am

    Boring film


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