This film will fuck you up; brutal, raw, and heartbreaking. About the fifth time I have watched this (still in my top five/ten films of all time), and it still feels like a journey rather than a film; taking you through the brutality, disgust of the opening, to fear, rejection, but there is some small light, hope, tenderness, love. Oh how I cried for Nettie. Essentially, some minds are too fragile for life.
Convicted rapist is released after doing 9 years and tries rebooting his life and fight against relapse. Brutal, off-putting opening scene paves the way for intense drama about a man willing himself away from his twisted instinct. Vogel and Timoteo are entirely convincing as the two hurt leads: their karate duet sums up wonderfully a compelling if overlong film.
Oggi ho visto un film che rimarrà dentro me per sempre. Un film doloroso, troppo doloroso. "Der Freie Wille" mi ha prosciugato interiormente, mi ha piegato, colpito, stuprato...ma di "Der Freie Wille" ricorderò anche alcune tra le scene più commoventi e sincere che mai vedrò. Glasner firma un'opera fortemente realista, di spietata crudezza, di inaudita potenza drammatica. Un capolavoro che formalmente rimanda al
Look at the title. Why does no one look at the title? The movie is about the reach of the free will in a soul with a tyrannical compulsion. The lover comes as a second self to feel viscerally the pain that radiates from this failed soul. The film is quite beautiful and it delivers on drama, but beneath the pleasures there is the analysis, and it’s a true one.
A very brave film that requires brave viewers. The title is like Solondz's "Happiness," in that I came away believing that it doesn't really exist all that much for anyone. I also came away wondering if true love wasn't possible only between two wolves who agree to protect each other as fiercely as they protect themselves. And then, only as long as they can avoid being wolves.