Released 2005


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Christian Alvart
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Antibodies is a 2005 German thriller starring Andre Hennicke and Wotan Wilke Mohring in a story about a vicious serial killer who's recently been imprisoned for committing an unknown number of child murders, and a small town cop with a strong sense of religion who pries into the killer's mind looking for clues to a case, but instead finds terrifying truths about his own human nature. Hennicke plays Gabriel Engel, an intelligent killer who commits calculated kidnappings and murders of young boys. After the killings, Engel uses the blood from his victims to paint impressive works of religious art. Mohring plays Michale Martens, a small town cop obsessed with solving an unsolved murder of a young girl. Because of the many parallels between the girl's murder and Engel's M.O., Martens travels to speak with Engel in search of information about the girl's death. Through their series of conversations, Martens faces his own demons with his religion and violent potential. Antibodies is a thrilling and stylized crime film, directed by German auteur Christian Alvart.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    Although Alvart lays on the biblical allegory too heavily at times, the film's pace is brisk enough to maintain our full attention. Antibodies is not so much an art house movie as ...

  • 50

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Not content with a straight psychological police procedural, Alvart mixes in distracting -- and unconvincing --Biblical symbolism in a curious bid for weightiness.

  • 40

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    As is often the case when ambitious young filmmakers have murder and profit on their minds, Mr. Alvart is finally less interested in the nature of man than in the cool stuff you ca...

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Drama, Suspense


Thrillers, Crime, Foreign Language, Psychological, Murder & Mayhem