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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.

Cast

Tobias Schenke
as Jürgen Bartsch
Sebastian Urzendowsky
as Der junge Jürgen
Ulrike Bliefert
as Gertrud Bartsch
Walter Gontermann
as Gerhard Bartsch

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 | Rating: 3/4
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.

October 8, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

October 6, 2004 | Full Review…

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

October 19, 2004 | Full Review…

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.

October 8, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

October 7, 2004 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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