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Top 20 Alternative Picks for Cannes ​2013: Katrin Gebbe’s Tore Tanzt

Tore Tanzt- Katrin Gebbe

Section: Un Certain Regard

Buzz: This first feature film from German filmmaker, Katrin Gebbe, is an exploration of a young man’s increasingly dangerous liaison with a religious Christian punk group, non-chalantly called The Jesus Freaks. A series of dangerous tests of faith for young Tore are in fact, cruel games. If the summary delivers the excitement it promises, this would be a highpoint in Un Certain Regard. This appears to be a cross between Ulrich Seidl’s Dog Days and Michael Haneke’s Funny Games.​ One hopes that is the case.

The Gist: The young Tore seeks in Hamburg a new life among the religious group called The Jesus Freaks. When he by accident meets a family and helps them to repair their car, he believes that a heavenly wonder has helped him. He starts a friendship with the father of the family, Benno. Soon he moves in with them at their garden plot, not knowing what cruelty is there to come. True to his religious belief he stays with them although the increasing violence by Benno is torturing him. Tore is fighting the torment with his own weapons. A dangerous struggle between libidinous actions and altruism begins. Inspired by true events.

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