"Grim Love" is based on the Armin Meiwes in which said man killed and ate a willing victim; you should really look it up because it is crazy. The willing victim was a man named Bernd Jürgen Brandes and while this film changed the names there is a lot here that really happened. Particularly when the two get together.
Katie (Keri Russell) is a student who is fascinated by the case and decides to do a study on it. As she makes her way to the scene of the crime she digs deeper into the minds of these two. We see this in flashbacks and it starts to affect her. One man obsessed with cutting and butchering who was overly mothered. And another who lost his mother and feels it is his fault. In feeling that way he feels he must be punished and does not deserve a happy life. Will she write an award winning paper or will she go insane getting to know these men.
Writer T.S. Faull did a really good job here in changing enough for legal reasons but still keeping all of the important facts intact. I am sure it was tough to do since some things had to be changed. Director Martin Weiz did a good job here keeping things kinda bleak and at times disturbing. Still the big draw here is the lead performances from Thomas Kretschmann as the cannibal and Thomas Huber as the willing participant. They really did fantastic jobs here and played the parts in a very realistic way. Thomas K's portrayal of the killer is excellent showcasing how and why this man became the man he became. Thomas H on the other hand has to play a man who feels he must be punished and the only way to be properly punished is by being eaten, he as well is excellent.
I have to say that this was much better than I thought it would be. I did know about the case before this film was even in production. I say that because I think because of that I judged it before hand like it could not live up to what really happened. I have to say that half of the film not only lived up to but surpassed it. That of course is the half of the film that dealt with the two men who came together like nobody would believe. Those of course are the flashbacks and they were the best part of this film. Now not to say that the rest of the film set in the present with Keri Russell as the student investigating this is bad. In fact it is good but the flashback half of the film surpasses it in my opinion. In doing so it really makes me wish that the entire film should have been spent with the two destined to be.
In still this was a good movie that when it came time for creepy it very much accomplished its goal. The acting her was excellent and so was the audio commentary on the DVD. Some might be a bit to disturbed by some of things that happen on screen. But for those interested in true crime films I say give this a chance. This by the way is another in the Fangoria Fright Fest collection. I highly recommend you check out the actual case. The killer had other offers previous but the men chickened out, he never made any one do anything against their will. When he finally met this guy that was proven to be true because he video taped everything. Check out all the info on the actual case, it is crazy.
this was a good movie that when it came time for creepy it very much accomplished its goal. The acting her was excellent and so was the audio commentary on the DVD. Some might be a bit to disturbed by some of things that happen on screen. But for those interested in true crime films I say give this a chance. This by the way is another in the Fangoria Fright Fest collection. I highly recommend you check out the actual case. The killer had other offers previous but the men chickened out, he never … more
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Australia released, PAL/Region 4 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada. LANGUAGES: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby DTS 5.1), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SYNOPSIS: In Germany, as graduate student Katie Armstrong researches cannibal killer Oliver Hagen for her thesis, she becomes obsessed with her subject and ultimately plunges into a lifestyle similar to Hagen's and the thousands of people like him. SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Scene Access,