1h 44min | Drama | 25 June 2015 (Germany)
May 1968: Rolling Stones, bell-bottoms, mini-skirts, sexual revolution, protests against the Vietnam War… While Germany sets off for a new era of freedom, rebellious fourteen-year-old Wolfgang gets sent to Freistatt, a foster home for difficult children. There he shall be “educated” to become a decent boy. Wolfgang puts up a determined resistance against the brutal working conditions and the perfidious education methods of the wardens; he doesn’t allow them to get him down. But for how long can he manage to resist the system of violence and oppression without brutalising himself?
I only live a few miles away from Freistatt, Germany, and at least regionally the movie got some attention. “Freistatt” deals with a topic that is not often dealt with in movies, chose original locations for filming and lists some very able actors (Max Riemelt, Alexander Held) in its cast.
There is no fluff or filler in this movie, no boredom coming up. But while it is a good “time piece” in the sense that it gives you a good idea what it was like in that particular time and situation, there is no plot that is strong enough to really hold the movie together.
Ultimately, I would only recommend it to those who are curious about or have any connection to those failures of the education system that existed for way too long.
Director: Marc Brummund
Writers: Nicole Armbruster (as Nicole Armburster), Marc Brummund
Stars: Louis Hofmann, Alexander Held, Stephan Grossmann
Release Date: 25 June 2015 (Germany)
Filming Locations: Hamburg, Germany
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 2
File size : 6.47 GiB
Duration : 1h 44mn
Overall bit rate : 8 901 Kbps