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The Free Will (2006)

Jurgen Vogel , Sabine Timoteo , Matthias Glasner  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jurgen Vogel, Sabine Timoteo, Andre Hennicke, Manfred Zapatka, Judith Engel
  • Directors: Matthias Glasner
  • Format: NTSC, Subtitled, Anamorphic, Color, DTS Surround Sound
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Benten Films
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 163 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00177Y9SE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,568 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Disturbing and Serious Subject Matter July 9, 2008
I did not read anything about this film before purchasing it and, due to an interest in the German langauge, I generally buy most German language films which become available on DVD. I usually do not watch films with much or any violent content. The Free Will features several scenes of brutal assault and rape which are difficult to make it through. There are many people to whom I would never suggest they watch this film. It is a depiction of a serial rapist and the difficulties he encounters while attempting to cope with living life outside of a rehabilitation facility. Jurgen Vogel gives an intense performance in a very demanding role. The film-making is quite effective and the camera unflinchingly places us near the troubling events as they unfold. This film is worth seeing but is certainly not for everyone. There are moments of tenderness, redemption, agony, brutality, desperation and regret. I am interested to read any other reviews people might post here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Selfish genes July 25, 2009
This physically and emotionally extremely violent movie is a deep meditation on an essential philosophical problem regarding mankind: man's free will, his freedom and liberty of action.
It is the story of a man who tries to master his sexually sadistic drive against women.
With harsh explicit shots the camera shows the uphill struggle against this obsession baked into the genes: `It is inside me. It is inside me'. How can I get rid of it?
This movie, with a sublime Jurgen Vogel in an extremely difficult role, is one of the greatest masterpieces of all time.
It is a must see for all those who want to know who we really are.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hard time getting it to play July 8, 2013
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I have tried to watch this unsucessfully 3 times and each time it hangs up at different points in the movie., not sure if its a transfer problem or my player. From what I've seen its pretty good good movie.
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