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The Child I Never Was Details

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A serial killer dispassionately discusses the nuts and bolts of his grisly avocation, as well as the youthful traumas which helped to mold him into a psychopath, in this disturbing independent drama from Germany, based on a true story. Young Jurgen Bartsch (Sebastian Urzendowsky) was raised in a family where his father (Walter Gontermann) barely acknowledged his existence and his mother (Ulrike Bliefert) displayed an inappropriate degree of affection toward him. When he reached puberty, Bartsch (played as a teenager by Tobias Schenke) was a young man confused and bitter about his growing sexual maturity, and possessing a deep hatred of those around him. Bartsch was a 15-year-old apprentice butcher when he kidnapped and murdered a young boy; he would kill three more boys in a similar fashion before he was captured by police in 1966. After he was found guilty, Bartsch carefully documented his childhood and his crimes in a series of letters and essays, and Ein Leben lang kurze Hosen tragen is drawn from his own words as it dramatizes his life and his crimes. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:October 8, 2004

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
German Camera Awards Ingo Ehrlich Outstanding Editing in a Feature Film 2003 Winner
San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival Kai S. Pieck Levi's First Feature Award 2003 Winner

Cast

Tobias Schenke
as Jurgen Bartsch
Sebastian Urzendowsky
as Young Jurgen Bartsch
Ulrike Bliefert
as Mother
Walter Gontermann
as Father
Sebastian Ruger

Crew

Kai S. Pieck
Director
Bettina Scheuren
Producer
Andrea Hanke
Producer
Paul Moor
Book Author
Kai S. Pieck
Screenwriter
Egon Werdin
Cinematographer
Kurt Dahlke
Composer (Music Score)
Ingo Ehrlich
Editor
Bertram Strauss
Production Designer
Anne Jendritzko
Costume Designer
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