#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Markus, a good-looking, likable and respected architect, is a paedophile. Bodies of little boys excite him. He suffers tremendously because of this inclination. He tortures himself for it …
Plot: Markus is a handsome and respectable architect who has a secret: he is a pedophile. Despite feeling disgust of himself, Markus can’t help but feel attracted to young boys. When he thinks he won’t be able to suppress his deepest feelings, he decides to isolate himself.
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Fascinating yet manipulative
If you are going to watch this movie you most likely know what it is about or are a fan of Max Riemelt. There is no doubt this movie is a fascinating and well-shot look at a subject not often dealt with in film and the movie is certainly well crafted and well acted. Max Riemelt delivers another outstanding performance. The movie though is not without it’s problems and for me that seems to be one of manipulation on the part of the film-makers. The movie takes only one point of view, that of the lead character and sets out, in my opinion, to take an unpopular type character and if not feel sympathy for him , then to at least see the world through his eyes and I don’t feel it works. First off there is the casting of Riemelt , who is very handsome and appealing playing a less then appetizing role. The film-makers are to be commended for not pushing stereotypes but Riemelt is so appealing it seems manipulative to cast him. By the time the movie ended I still felt I barely knew his character. There is no depth to him the way the role is written ,and even less to all the supporting characters who exist in this movie only to react to his actions. I would like to have seen some of them fleshed out and known more about the lead’s past, but none of that exists in this movie. Instead we get shots of meadows and forests and symbolism that just bore. As a whole I don’t think the movie works, but if you are a Max fan (I am) this is worth watching, in fact maybe the only reason to watch.
**Spoilers ahead – a review for English Speakers**
I’m hoping this review will help those who do not speak German decide if they want to watch this film or not. I went into this film not knowing what to really expect and only knew roughly what the subject matter was about based on the trailer. There will be spoilers ahead in my review:
The plot to this film is as follows, it follows Markus, a 30 something male. Markus has a successful job, a nice flat, he is physically very attractive and boxes in his spare time as a means of keeping fit. The ‘twist’ however is that Markus is sexually attracted to young boys. The film shows Markus deal with this attraction and the pain and anguish it causes him.
I found whilst watching the film, that I noticed a strong similarity between this film and Steve McQueen’s 2011 Shame. Whilst the main character in Shame, Brendan, had a sex addiction, the negative consequences of him engaging in this behaviour predominately only affected him whereas if Markus acted on his urges (spoiler: he does not but comes very close several times) the consequences would be far worse and cause devastation for several persons, not just Markus. Both Brendan and Markus spend the majority of the films drowning in their own shame and self-loathing and both films reach their own tragic and depressing climaxes. That being said, I felt more sympathy and compassion for Markus than I did for Brendan, a testament to Riemelt’s acting. I would recommend if you’ve seen this film to give Shame a watch too. Especially if this film left you wanting to seek out others like it.
The scenes between Markus and the wolf, a literal wolf, were overdone and not subtle. In addition, there are several scenes in which Markus engages in acts of self-harm and suicidal behaviours (he bangs his head against a wall repeatedly, he cuts his palm with a knife, he tries to break a glass by gripping it, he stands over a motorway flyover looking down and, in the climax of the film, slashes his wrists with a knife) There was no ‘trigger warnings’ for these scenes at the start of the film and as a non-German speaker who had only seen the trailer prior to the actual movie, I was caught off guard. Then again, you don’t watch a film like this if you expect an easy ride.
Markus also lives a very lonely and isolated existence. He lives alone, he rejects offers by both a female colleague and those at the gym to socialise and when he does initially advise a doctor about his problem, the doctor reacts with disgust and unprofessionalism rather than refer Markus to a psychiatrist. In fact, it’s only by chance that Markus finally is able to speak to a psychiatrist that specialises in Markus’s issue but unfortunately, the psychiatrists lectures Markus and imposes strict and at times unworkable rules for him in order to reduce any risk that Markus may offend. Is it so realistic that if a boy gets on the train that Markus should just simply get off of it? In addition, there’s no discussion between Markus or the psychiatrist about what Markus could do as an alternative to obsessing and fixating on young boys. There is also no discussion about how empty and lonely Markus life is and the psychiatrist also doesn’t bring up the subject of chemical castration to Markus in spite of Markus saying at their first meeting that he wants to be cured of his affliction. I would have liked someone, not necessarily the psychiatrist, to give Markus some optimism and some sense of belonging. I felt it unnecessary and borderline cruel that his sister waited until he was lying in a hospital bed with both wrists bandaged up to tell him that she and their parents wanted nothing more to do with him. I understood her need to protect her own son, but did that necessarily mean that all of his family had to abandon him when he needed them the most?
That’s not to say that the psychiatrist did not make some very good points. Because of such a strong association with criminality and universal disgust, we forget to acknowledge that having such thoughts in and of themselves is not criminal. It’s not illegal to think or have untoward fantasies or desires. As mentioned above, it does not appear that Markus has actually harmed or abused a child and whilst the online conversations we see him have with another peadophile, he doesn’t necessarily show the same level of comfort or enthusiasm as the person on the other end of the computer. I did think the way the Dr framed it as Markus suffering from a psychological condition was helpful for both the character and the viewer.
The scenes with Jessica and Arthur are stressful to watch. The scenes where it was just Markus and Arthur leaves you with a feeling of absolute dread in your stomach, even though Markus hasn’t done anything explicitly inappropriate.
The ending feels inevitable, especially as Markus had displayed the typical warning sign behaviour as the film got closer to the end and it was presented like it was the only alternative Markus had to meeting Arthur in secret and presumably actually offending. I don’t agree with other reviewers who have said this film had an ‘open ending’, it didn’t. We know what happened even if it was not explicitly filmed. I do not believe Markus changed his mind or survived this time, the shots of the immaculate apartment and the calm, almost tranquil expression Markus had when he looked in the mirror only add to this.
Some may take major issue with this ending, especially those who may watch this film having the same affliction as Markus and I have read other reviews suggesting the film presents suicide as an acceptable alternative to persons dealing with said affliction. It could be interpreted this way, sure. But it could also be interpreted as a result of the character’s complete isolation as by the end of the film, his sister and parents have disowned him, Jessica and her son have moved out of the building and there appeared to be no follow up care for Markus after the first hospitalisation. I found myself almost feeling relief for him by the end.
To summarise: A strong and powerful debut from Savas Ceviz which dares to deal with a harrowing and completely undesirable topic. Riemelt was a clever casting choice and I found the film gripping, disturbing and ultimately painful to watch. The use of the wolf metaphor was a bit too much and the ending is bound to invite controversy but as mentioned, a strong debut.
Original Language de
Runtime 1 hr 39 min (99 min)
Director Savas Ceviz
Writer Savas Ceviz
Actors Max Riemelt, Oskar Netzel, Isabell Gerschke, Luise Heyer
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Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
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