Benten Films
Matthias Glasner's Free Will

"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."

— Derek Elley, VARIETY

"A challenging piece of filmmaking! The Free Will honors its audience's intelligence and sophistication as few films on this subject do."

— Michael Guillén, THE EVENING CLASS

• 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.

Tech Specs

• 2006

• 163 Minutes

• Color

• 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.

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