Germany | 127 MINUTES | German |
With a nod to The Silence of the Lambs, Christian Alvart has created a mind-twisting thriller that keeps the audience guessing right up to the end. The populace of a small town near Berlin breathes a sign of relief when a serial killer, pederast Gabriel, is captured. But Michael, the town's part-time policeman, remains skeptical. The M.O. of the girl's murder does not fit any of Gabriel's previous crimes-with this one exception, all his victims had been boys. Michael initially refuses to talk to the authorities but things change after Michael visits Gabriel in jail. The serial killer takes a liking to Michael and communicates with no one except the small-town policeman. After revealing to Michael that he does know the true identity of the girl's killer, Gabriel embarks on a twisted mind game with the devout Christian policeman who begins to question both himself and his faith. The more Michael inches toward what he believes is the answer, the more he neglects his family and his farm as he begins to move away from the simple way of life he's always known. In Alvart's twisting, turning plot every clue and revelation gives way to surprises and questions. The gripping scenes between Gabriel and Michael escalate with each visit as the two engage in a verbal swordfight leading to the shocking climax. This intelligent mystery thriller is sure to enthrall even the most jaded viewer.