The movie is based on the infamous "Stanford Prison Experiment" conducted in 1971. A makeshift prison is set up in a research lab, complete with cells, bars and surveillance cameras. For two weeks 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards. The 'prisoners' are locked up and have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the 'guards' are told simply to retain order without using physical violence. Everybody is free to quit at any time, thereby forfeiting payment. In the beginning the mood between both groups is insecure and rather emphatic. But soon quarrels arise and the wardens employ ever more drastic sanctions to confirm their authority.
USA 3 June 2007 (Hoboken International Film Fest) Release date : March 2008 USA
Language: German with English subs
SYNOPSIS: A group of teenagers struggle to find their way in a world that offers them few choices. In 24 hours, Mike will leave for the army, following in his father''s footsteps. His last day around family and friends turns into a war of emotions. His girlfriend Valerie, angry at him for leaving, rejects him. As he grapples with her decision, his friends are making their own bids for a better life. Phil, a smalltime drug dealer, is working for the big score that will set him up for good. Terry is trying to enter a corporate world she''s unprepared for, but already understands the corruption the system asks for. Steve wants to free himself from his abusive father, decides to kill him and tries to get a gun. As the story unfolds, frustration erupts in a night of shattering violence, self-destruction and self-discovery.
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Petra von Kant is a successful fashion designer -- arrogant, caustic, and self-satisfied. She mistreats Marlene (her secretary, maid, and co-designer). Enter Karin, a 23-year-old beauty who wants to be a model. Petra falls in love with Karin and invites her to move in.
When Hannes receives from the crocodiles birthday a coupon for a go-kart ride, he solves this course immediately with his buddies.Since it is on the path to a tragic accident, which injured Frank perilous.The devastating diagnosis: Frank desperately needs an organ donation and the only one who is eligible, is calculated its criminal brother Dennis, the detective had the crocodiles once assessed himself put behind bars.
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