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Berlin police apprehend the alleged killer of 13 children, but prime suspect Gabriel Engel (DOWNFALL's Andr‚ Hennicke) will speak only to Michael Martens, a small town constable (ANATOMY 2's Wotan Wilke M”hring) whose own teenaged son is manifesting the classic early signs of a serial killer. Also starring Norman Reedus (BLADE II) and Heinz Hoenig (DAS BOOT) with breathtaking cinematography by Hagen Bogdanski (THE LIVES OF OTHERS, 2006 Academy Awardr Winner, Best Foreign Film).This tense, violent thriller from writer-director Christian Alvart (CASE 39) combines elements from the classic mind game thrillers THE WICKER MAN, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, and SE7EN and was an audience favorite at the 2005 Edinburgh Film Festival.

Pedophilia, serial murder, Catholic guilt, big-time Biblical imagery: director Christian Alvart bites on some serious issues in Antibodies, but for the most part it's not more than he can chew. Produced in 2005, the German film opens with a riveting sequence in which Gabriel Engel (Andre Hennicke), who has raped, killed, and mutilated more than a dozen young boys, is finally captured by the police. Enter Michael Martens (Wotan Wilke Mohring), a part-time policeman (and full-time farmer) in Herzbach, a small country town where a crime with an M.O. similar to Engel's has taken place (in investigating the incident, the rigid and humorless Martens has so alienated his fellow townsfolk that his own father-in-law shoots his dog). Marten comes to the city to interview the bad guy, whereupon a relationship heavily reminiscent of the Hannibal Lecter-Clarice Starling pas de deux in The Silence of the Lambs evolves; Engel, a stereotypical lunatic who dismisses Jack the Ripper and Charles Manson as wusses, will talk only to the guileless country cop (who undergoes some fairly radical changes as he succumbs to the lurid temptations of big city life). But are the killer's denials of responsibility for this latest atrocity true? Could Martens' own son, the trouble-prone Christan (Hauke Diekamp), be the actual perp? To find the answer, viewers are obliged to wade through some pretty heavy-handed scenes (a symbolic re-enactment of the Biblical tale of Abraham and Isaac is fairly ludicrous). But Antibodies is also filled with gorgeous and creative cinematography and stylish use of lighting, art direction, and set design, all of which help make the film eminently watchable. This two-disc special edition includes a "making of" documentary, deleted scenes, outtakes, and other bonus features. --Sam Graham

Special Features

  • "Evil is a Virus" (featurette with director Christian Alvart)
  • Making of Antibodies
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes

Product Details

  • Actors: Norman Reedus, Christian von Aster, André Hennicke, Waltraud Witte, Konstantin Graudus
  • Directors: Christian Alvart
  • Writers: Christian Alvart
  • Producers: Christian Alvart, Boris Schönfelder, Rainer Kölmel, Susanne Kusche, Theo Baltz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), German (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Dark Sky Films
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2007
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,392 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Antibodies (Two-Disc Special Edition)" on IMDb

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62 of 72 people found the following review helpful By W. Scott Heitman VINE VOICE on September 19, 2007
Format: DVD
First things first- don't read the amazon description above; it absolutely spoils everything up to the final 10 minutes of the movie. If you like suspense at all, resist the urge to look up.

On to the film- I've seen some films with narrow audiences, but this takes the cake. The film has the most to offer to somebody who values the Old Testament (specifically Christians and Jews) due to the number of OT references along with a couple of NT refs. Thematically, the film explores some of the more troubling concepts in Christianity, especially.

What, you say? There are plenty of Christians and Jews. Well, all of the philosophy and theology is heavily wrapped up in one of the most graphic serial killer films to come around in some time. Not only are there some graphic images (grisly stuff as well as a pretty graphic sex scene), the language invites even worse images than appear on screen.

So for the Christian or Jew that can get past the above, this is an extremely interesting film. Come for a psychological thriller with superlative acting and cinematography, stay for the way the director plays with Biblical concepts and forces you to think.

Finally, I'll say 1 more thing for those who are still on the fence. The film begins with a quote from Dostoevsky. In retrospect, the choice is incredibly apt; I feel that Dostoevsky could have written this had he lived now. If the names Ivan and Raskolnikov bring forth positive memories, then you're in for a treat.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Mark Norvell on August 30, 2007
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This taut German made thriller starts out with a heart-pounding bang then kind've settles down into a war of mind games between an urban serial killer of children and a very disturbed rural cop. Not as gory as the beginning, "Antibodies" is still graphic and disturbing due to the dialogue and descriptions of the crimes and just enough visuals to clue you in that the killings were horrendous. There's also some fairly graphic sex and nudity. The killer really does a psychological number on the cop by apparently convincing him that evil is contagious and leading him into psychological traps that have frustrating and sometimes violent resolutions. The cop lives on a farm and has an unhappy marriage and two kids, one of whom is a 13 year old boy showing signs of "evil starting small". Or is he just a troubled soul like his dad? The acting is first rate and the photography is beautiful juxtaposing simple country life with big city coldness. Lags in places but overall engrossing and not for the squeamish. There are some scenes that I found too unpleasant involving animals so animal lovers beware. But for lovers of graphic psycho crime thrillers, "Antibodies" is an intriguing story to experience. Disc two is a "making of..." feature and other related extras. The print is excellent. Not a bad package for the price. Dark Sky has done a good job here.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By C. Christopher Blackshere on September 27, 2008
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This is broooootal super sick stuff! Harsh, relentless, disturbing. One of the most startling psychological horror flicks in recent years. Called Germany's Silence of the Lambs.

Berlin police arrest a deranged psychopath suspected of molesting and killing 13 children. This sadistic freak's name is Gabriel, and he refuses to speak to anyone except Michael Martens, an honorable officer from a small town. As his reasons for this becomes evident, your comfort level will get severely rattled. The prisoner knows some unsettling secrets about Michael's son, and the truth will envoke rage and fear from all that are exposed.

Antibodies is superbly directed and acted. It deals with some harsh topics that obviously won't appeal to many viewers. But in reality, evil knows no boundaries. More gruesome, twisted, and real than many care to endure.

Evil is a virus. It's highly contagious, and you're already infected...
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kcorn TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 6, 2007
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First of all, this was a very painful movie for me to watch, at times. Please be forewarned that it may be particularly hard for parents to watch, although I can't really say much about that or I'll ruin the movie for you.

As the suspense builds as well as doubts about guilt, innocence, good and evil and there are Biblical quotes used, particularly towards the end of the movie, as questions about parents and children come together. There are some very graphic sexual scenes, violence, etc.

I would never watch this with my kids or even recommend it for a teenager, perhaps because I found it so intense and hard to take sometimes. Also, this is subtitled so if you don't like foreign films, you may not like this.

Best described as a psychological suspense thriller, you'll find that the movie moves slowly at times but I actually enjoyed the pacing, as it allowed me to get to know the main characters, especially that of the constable in a small town, a location described as being rather provincial.

As the constable, Michael, becomes more and more enmeshed with a murder suspect, he finds himself questioning his own values and issue about how innocent ANYONE is. Eventually, his doubt starts to affect his family and work life, caught up in the mind games of the killer as well as his own dark side.

I won't say more for fear of spoiling the suspense of this one.
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Is Norman Reedus in a lot of this movie?
no he is not. norman is only in the first... three or so minutes? i stayed with it and tried to watch the rest but ended up skipping most as it is a very very disturbing movie. skip this one unless you are also interested in a german film full of gore.
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