CUT OFF (2018) Reviews and overview

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Cut Off is a 2019 German horror thriller feature film about a coroner that finds a capsule buried deep in the head of a 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.


” …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 … Dr Sabine Yao
Georg Veitl … Dr Schierz
Ben Münchow … Tom
Jan Bülow … Klaus
Jana Klinge … RA Korn
Sebastian Fitzek Sebastian Fitzek … RA Ossmann
Silke Geertz … Sybille Schwintowski
Michael Tsokos … Dr 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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