"Strong, powerful, and disturbing... A critique of a sexualized society."
"A tough verismo love story... manages to keep the viewer hooked simply to see which path the story takes."
"A challenging piece of filmmaking! The Free Will honors its audience's intelligence and sophistication as few films on this subject do."
• Filmmaker commentary with director Matthias Glasner and co-writer/star Jürgen Vogel (English subtitled)
• Original theatrical trailer
• PLUS: "The Beast Within," an all-new essay by Time Out New York film critic David Fear
Winner of a prestigious Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, German auteur Matthias Glasner's brave and complex drama contemplates the terror of loneliness and whether love can be a salvation to damaged psyches. The Free Will stars co-writer Jürgen Vogel (whose raw performance won him Best Actor awards at both Tribeca and Chicago) as Theo, a convicted sexual predator who has just been released from psychiatric detention. His fear of women stirs a profound, unfulfilled longing within him, making his reintegration into society an unbearable ordeal. Can hope exist in his budding relationship with Nettie (Sabine Timoteo), herself a victim of abuse, as they embark on a journey to the limits of free will? With a slyly stylized balance of brutal suspense and hesitant hopefulness, Glasner's emotional directness is never less than compassionate.
• 163 Minutes
• Dolby Digital 2.0**
• 1.77:1 aspect ratio**
• In German, with optional English subtitles
• NTSC Region 1
• Release Date: June 24th, 2008
• UPC: 793573513687
• SRP $27.95
** NOTE: The DVD packaging lists incorrect data for both the film's aspect ratio and sound mix. Benten regrets the error and appreciates those who brought it to our attention.