- Sorry, this item is not available in
- Image not available
- To view this video download Flash Player
Winner of a prestigious Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, German auteur Matthias Glasner's brave and complex drama contemplates the terror of loneliness and whether love can be a salvation to damaged psyches. THE FREE WILL (a/k/a DER FREIE WILLE) stars co-writer Jurgen Vogel (whose raw performance won him Best Actor awards at both Tribeca and Chicago) as Theo, a convicted sexual predator who has just been released from psychiatric detention. His fear of women stirs a profound, unfulfilled longing within him, making his reintegration into society an unbearable ordeal. Can hope exist in his budding relationship with Nettie (Sabine Timoteo), herself a victim of abuse, as they embark on a journey to the limits of free will? With a slyly stylized balance of brutal suspense and hesitant hopefulness, Glasner's emotional directness is never less than compassionate.
Strong, powerful, and disturbing... A critique of a sexualized society. --Ian Johnston, BRIGHT LIGHTS FILM JOURNAL
A tough verismo love story... manages to keep the viewer hooked simply to see which path the story takes. --Derek Elley, VARIETY
A challenging piece of filmmaking! THE FREE WILL honors its audience's intelligence and sophistication as few films on this subject do. --Michael Guillén, THE EVENING CLASS