a problematization of free will amid the complexities of being human, part of which is the intrinsic "evil", that we have to look beyond this utter reduction to reveal our truths even if it means begetting pain. it's a rarity for a film to effectively utilized bodies to evoke human relations as raw as this. the church scene could easily be one of the reasons why spending time on cinema is worth it
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
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.
Two thoughts about this one. On the one hand I wish the film wouldn't have taken the (overly) melodramatic route at the end and instead would've confronted the problematic of whether reform and reintegration is possible head on after Theo confesses to her. On the other hand, Theo's inability to cope and his ultimate decision are such compelling and important avenues... either way the film doesn't pay off. A pity.
Disturbing, unpleasant, vulgar, giving no hope. It didn't strike me as much as it should though, until the end I managed to lose patience towards the characters and stopped to care a bit. The actress gives an amazing performance, the actor is hard to look at... but I guess it is the way it should be.
Glasner brilliantly applies raw long scenes in a attempt to bring sympathy towards to this deep troubled criminal. Free Will is a hot philosophical topic, it seems like he uses a hyperbolical scenario to discuss the nature of free will. Hard to say it succeeds considering that any kind of mental illness kind of spoils the subject. Highlight to the acting of the troubled girl and her complex feelings.
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.