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The Child I Never Was (2002)

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Original title: Ein Leben lang kurze Hosen tragen

Release Date
• USA: Oct 19, 2003

Running Time
1 hour, 23 minutes

Country Germany

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Other Titles
• Leben lang kurze Hosen tragen, Ein
• The Child I Never Was
• Ein Leben lang kurze Hosen tragen

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Genre: Crime, Drama, Biography, True Story, Christmas, Gay/Lesbian, Murder

Plot: 1972. Marked by illness, 26-year-old Jürgen Bartsch - convicted of having murdered several children - recounts his life story during a therapy session that is being recorded on video in the Eickelborn State Psychiatric Clinic. This video monologue (which is based on the published records of recordings and letters) is intercut with a series of re-enacted flashbacks that illustrate what is being related: Bartsch's recollections of his childhood and youth in the 1950s and 60s, as well as the murders themselves. There are also occasional inserts from Bartsch's diary entries and his reflections on himself and his deeds. The film uses various montage techniques to approach Bartsch's personality exclusively from his own perspective, without any outside commentaries.

The sequence of flashbacks begins with the first killings. From this point on, Bartsch's childhood and youth unfold relatively chronologically. The chief aspects here are the themes of work, parents, family, puberty, growing up, children, friendship, sexuality, love and libido. Bartsch describes how he suffered from the mental cruelty and the ignorance of his family and the people around him - an environment that seems to be unremarkable and virtually average on the surface. He also talks about his inability to have a

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 Directed by
 Written by
Tobias Schenke
Harte Jungs, More Ants in the Pants, Fußball ist unser Leben
Sebastian Urzendowsky
Felsen, Der, Paul Is Dead, Nimm dir dein Leben
Walter Gontermann
Verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum oder: Wie Gewalt entstehen und, Nacht der lebenden Loser, Die, Fußball ist unser Leben
Stephan Szasz
The Experiment
 Music By
Rainer J.G. Uhl
Gangster, Holgi

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