Monday, November 27, 2006

The Free Will

A German trailer for Der Freie Wille (The Free Will); A 3 hour feature using a rapist's re-establishment in society after release, as a launching-pad to explore the nature of humanity's capacity for empathy, and the limits of personal choice. Or as director Matthias Glasner terms it - "A tender film about the terror of loneliness." Shot with a mutual reverence and disgust for the physicality of man, that recalls the films of Claire Denis, and combines the brutality of Gasper Noe's vision, with the Dardenne Brothers' distanced and elegant observational tone. Let us hope this film receives UK distribution, after viewing it at the Curzon Soho in this year's German Film Festival, it certainly deserves to be seen by many.


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