System Crasher

  • 2019
  • Germany
  • 1h 58min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Nora Fingscheidt
  • Cast: Helena Zengel, Albrecht Schuch, Gabriela Maria Schmeide
  • Language: German

Benni (Zengel) is not yet ten, but is passed between the group homes still willing to take her, while her mother, who loves her, feels she can’t look after her. A sometimes uneasy but compelling look at the German social services, with Zengel a revelation at the centre of a fine cast and nuanced script by Fingscheidt. Draining, but worthwhile.

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System Crasher

23 Mar 20204 stars

Helena Zengel is a revelation in Nora Fingscheidt's complex and compassionate drama

Though sometimes an uneasy watch, it's right that Nora Fingscheidt's System Crasher comes with no easy answers. It follows Benni (Helena Zengel), not yet ten and already testing the limitations of German social services, as she is passed between the few…

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