Cut Off aka Abgeschnitten – Germany, 2018 – overview and reviews


Cut Off is a 2019 German horror thriller feature film about a coroner that finds a capsule buried deep in the head of corpse, containing a phone number and single word… the name of his daughter.

Written and directed by Christian Alvart (Pandorum; Case 39: Antibodies), Abgeschnitten is based on a novel by Sebastian Fitzek and Michael Tsokos. The movie stars Moritz Bleibtreu, Jasna Fritzi Bauer, Lars Eidinger and Fahri Yardim.

Reviews [click links to read more]:

” …twists and turns so much you’ll almost need to be writing things down to keep track until it reaches its satisfying conclusion. Director Christian Alvart was also responsible for the excellent Antibodies (2005) and there are occasions where Cut Off threatens to get just as grim. Utterly engrossing, this is definitely one for crime aficionados.” House of Mortal Cinema

” …the leads are good and the suspense does ratchet up over a slightly attenuated running time.” The Kim Newman Web Site

Cut Off falls into the same territory as Jonathan Demme’s Silence of the Lambs (1991), Tarsem Singh’s The Cell (2000), Niels Arden Oplev’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2009) and Hans Herbot’s The Treatment (2015), as parallel plots and resonating histories converge on a serial killer case. Though long, it rattles along with a thrilling pace…” Projected Figures

Cast and characters:

  • Moritz Bleibtreu … Paul Herzfeld
  • Jasna Fritzi Bauer … Linda
  • Lars Eidinger … Jan Erik Sadler
  • Fahri Yardim … Ender Müller
  • Enno Hesse … Ingolf von Appen
  • Christian Kuchenbuch … Philipp Schwintowski
  • Urs Jucker … Jens Marinek
  • Barbara Prakopenka … Hannah Herzfeld
  • Stephanie Amarell … Rebecca Schwintowski
  • Dirk Nocker … Bürgermeister Bandrupp
  • Niels-Bruno Schmidt … Udo Bandrupp
  • Klara Höfels … Friederike Töven
  • Joy Maria Bai … Doctor Sabine Yao
  • Georg Veitl … Doctor Schierz
  • Ben Münchow … Tom
  • Jan Bülow … Klaus
  • Jana Klinge … RA Korn
  • Sebastian Fitzek Sebastian Fitzek … RA Ossmann
  • Silke Geertz … Sybille Schwintowski
  • Michael Tsokos … Doctor Strohm
  • Maikel Kata … Rocco
  • Susanne Karner … Babette
  • Linnea Tsokos … Rebecca 5 Jahre
  • Christopher Kohn … Danny (voice)
  • Daniela Wüstner … Petra Herzfeld (voice)
  • Marc Bluhm … Clemens
  • Jonny Nestorovic … Kollege
  • Tatjana Kupka … Frau am Kicker
  • Alexander Petau … Mann am Kicker
  • Rainer Förster … Taxifahrer

Filming locations:

Berlin and Heligoland, a small archipelago in the North Sea, Germany

Technical details:

  • 132 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35: 1

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