Ein Leben lang kurze Hosen tragen (2003)
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Critic Reviews for Ein Leben lang kurze Hosen tragen
It's a surprisingly artful and discrete film.
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.
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.
This deeply creepy fictionalized effort is anything but an entertainment, nor can it be considered art.
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.
Peck gets points for being able to balance our horror and fascination with (and even sympathy for) this colossally screwed-up kid.
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.
(****): 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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