The children are dead

The children are dead

The children are dead

  In the summer of 1999, dying of thirst in the panel Neuberesinchen neighborhood on the outskirts of Frankfurt / Oder, two small children aged two and three years in an apartment. Her mother had left for 14 days alone in the apartment. The agony of the two children must have been terrible, as shown later investigations. They chew on empty juice packs in the hope of a drop of liquid, and finally to bite each other. As neighbors report explained that the two boys’ beastly roar – and suddenly it was quiet “.

The trial against the mother of two Daniela J. finally becomes Mediengroßereignis who is accompanied by riots. None of the neighbors will have noticed something, others put on record that they have agreed the youth, but where we know nothing of calls of concerned people. Even the mother of the accused is not a good word to her daughter. And always log indignant citizens to speak, to keep the death penalty for “child murderer” for far too lenient. Daniela J. finally convicted of double murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Carries Daniela J. solely to blame for the deaths of their children? Did she deliberately let their sons die? Was it a chain of unfortunate circumstances, or rather, a predictable and therefore preventable tragedy that could have been prevented? The director Aelrun Goette gives no easy answers, but rather paints a fascinating picture of a woman on the ragged edge of society, which was totally overwhelmed by their life circumstances. The film glosses over and apologized but nothing takes a clear look at life on the sidelines.

A hard and unsparing look at an incomprehensible act, and a film that will accompany a long time.

Title: The children are dead Country of production: Germany Year of production: 2003 Length: 90 minutes (min) (# ) Distribution: Ventura Film

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