Tras el Cristal (1986)

Tras el Cristal (1986, SPA) C-112m. *** D: Agustín Villaronga. Starring Günter Meisner, David Sust, Marisa Paredes, Gisèle Echevarría, Imma Colomer. Harrowing, controversial film about Nazi doctor Meisner, who abused and killed dozens of young boys during war. After a suicide attempt he is now paralyzed and confined to an iron lung. One day, former victim Sust comes to work for him as a nurse. However, the revenge he has planned for the cripple is dominated by traumatic perversion. Remarkable psycho drama exudes a cold fascination, is sometimes too understated, but well-directed and impressively acted. A thoughtful, well-made film whose subject matter unfortunately prevented wider circulation. See it! Similar to IL PORTIERE DI NOTTE (1974) and Roman Polanski's DEATH AND THE MAIDEN (1994). Written by first-time director Villaronga. Good score by Javier Navarrete. English title: IN A GLASS CAGE.


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