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May 27–June 2, 2016

Chicago Theatrical

We Monsters
(Wir Monster)

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Film still: We Monsters


"A tightly plotted, tension-filled neo-noir"
  —Chicago Reader
"Andreas Köhler's magnificent cinematography creates some of the most indelible compositions I've seen this year, building a Hitchcockian sense of dread with its claustrophobic angles, boxing in characters as they find themselves well in over their heads"

We would do anything to protect our children, but what if your child did something unspeakable? Filmmaker Sebastian Ko poses this question with a thriller that is riveting in its suspense and unnerving in its subject matter.

Paul (Mehdi Nebbou) and Christine (Ulrike C. Tscharre) know their daughter Sarah (Janina Fautz) going through a difficult phase. Fourteen years old, and angry with her parents for separating, she has been playing one against the other and making things unpleasant for their respective new partners. But in the opening scenes of We Monsters, Sarah confesses to an act far beyond the realm of teenage rebellion, something so awful that her father's first impulse is to turn her in. He makes it as far as the parking lot of the local police station, but cannot quite bring himself to go in. He shares the horrifying news with Christine and together they decide to keep Sarah's crime a secret. But when a classmate's father starts coming around looking for clues, things get complicated, and violence has a way of begetting more violence. More disturbing, Sarah knows the power this secret and her parents' guilt gives her. But there is another secret here, one that may be fueling a sinister game of revenge and manipulation.

We Monsters grips you from the start, slowly and mercilessly escalating the tension, travelling a dark and twisting road that ends where you'd least expect. (Toronto International Film Festival)

Directed by Sebastian Ko, 2015, Germany, 95 mins. In German with English subtitles.


  • Fri., May 27 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., May 28 at 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm Sun., May 29 at 1, 3, 5 & 7 pm Mon.–Thurs., May 30–Jun. 2 at 7 & 9 pm
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$5 for Facets Members

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