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Rated NR · 90 minutes · 2011
In this tedious Austrian drama (2011), a young man sentenced to a juvenile detention center for manslaughter takes a work-release job in a mortuary to help improve his chances for parole. Director Karl Markovics elicits decidedly reserved performances from his actors, and their matter-of-fact gestures and apparent lack of emotion can be distressing when the morticians are showing the new recruit how to handle nude corpses. The coldly observant cinematography suggests an indifference to mortality, though Markovics occasionally loosens his grip and a genuine warmth finds its way into the movie. In English and subtitled German.


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Director: Karl Markovics
Cast: Thomas Schubert

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