• Released
  • October 8, 2004
  • 1 hr 26 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Drama
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The Child I Never Was Synopsis
A convicted German butcher's assistant tells of his sexually repressed childhood.
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Film Threat

How can such difficult subjects as under-age sexual activity, brutal beatings and murders be presented in a way that doesn't alienate the...
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60

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
By the film's end we feel neither sympathy nor, oddly, total disgust for this most loathsome of killers. We simply begin to understand, and...
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60

The New York Times

The film is airless and mirthless, but it's hardly worthless; in fact in many ways it's more purposeful than the snuff-film scenes of an...
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50

Variety

By David Stratton
Though Pieck is to be admired for the rigorousness in telling this chilling story (on what looks like a near zero budget), the film itself...
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50

Village Voice

Kai S. Pieck's debut feature finds a plaintive, compelling route to the pathology of 1960s German child-killer Jürgen Bartsch.
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