Ein Leben lang kurze Hosen tragen (2003)




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Jürgen Bartsch wächst bei seinen Adoptiveltern auf. Liebe erfährt er dort kaum, auch Freunde kann der introvertierte Junge keine vorweisen. Später wird er in einem katholischen Knabeninternat missbraucht und misshandelt. Bald darauf erwacht Jürgens eigener Trieb: Er fängt an, präpubertäre Jungen in sein Versteck zu locken, um sie zu töten und sich an ihren Leichen zu vergehen. In einem schockierenden Monolog erinnert sich der Mörder an seine Taten.
Art House & International , Drama
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Strand Releasing


Tobias Schenke
as Jürgen Bartsch
Ulrike Bliefert
as Gertrud Bartsch
Walter Gontermann
as Gerhard Bartsch
Sebastian Urzendowsky
as Der junge Jürgen
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Critic Reviews for Ein Leben lang kurze Hosen tragen

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

It's a surprisingly artful and discrete film.

October 8, 2004
Top Critic

In the end Mr. Pieck and his intrepid lead actor piece together a constructive look at a lonely boy's damaged logic and its hideous results.

Full Review… | October 8, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

While the serial-killer sob story subgenre rarely yields a nuanced product, Kai S. Pieck's debut feature finds a plaintive, compelling route to the pathology of 1960s German child-killer Jürgen Bartsch.

Full Review… | October 6, 2004
Village Voice
Top Critic

This deeply creepy fictionalized effort is anything but an entertainment, nor can it be considered art.

Full Review… | October 19, 2004
Film Journal International

By the film's end we feel neither sympathy nor, oddly, total disgust for this most loathsome of killers. We simply begin to understand, and perhaps that's achievement enough.

Full Review… | October 8, 2004
TV Guide

Peck gets points for being able to balance our horror and fascination with (and even sympathy for) this colossally screwed-up kid.

Full Review… | October 7, 2004
E! Online

Audience Reviews for Ein Leben lang kurze Hosen tragen

As far as serial killer movies go, this one was pleasantly restrained and thoughtful. It was, however, rather slight and could have benefited from exploring other characters psyches and subplots along with Jurgen's. The psychology was rather pat and I felt that they were trying too hard to understand what can never be understood.

Adam Perkes
Adam Perkes

(****): Thumbs Up An extremely dark serial killer film that is easily one of the best I've ever seen. Well-acted and directed.


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