Klaus is an ex-Nazi who served as a doctor in a concentration camp during the war, commited sick sex crimes against young boys. Years later Klaus is kept in a machine that helps him breath after a failed suicide attempt, and now a young man, Angelo, has come to help the family take care of him. But Angelo wants Klaus to continue his crimes and is set to help him to do so.
To shock and disturb the audience is something that is done fairly easy through violent or repulsive imagery. Managing to do it through feel, style, performances and story, that's something that's alot harder to pull off. "In A Glass Cage" does this and then some.
Klaus is an ex-Nazi who was working as a doctor during the war in a concentration camp was obsessed with brutally killing and sexually abusing young boys, and with his position during the war it wasn't hard for him to do this without being noticed. Many years later he commits yet another violent crime but ends up trying to kill himself. His failed attempt puts him in a "glass cage", a machine that helps him breath. His daughter and wife are spending all their time taking care of him until one day when a young man, Angelo, suddenly shows up, telling the family that he's a nurse and can take care of the man for them. Soon after arriving he promises Klaus that he can help him get back to his old ways, that they can continue together. Angelo gets rid of the mother and the maid, and this leaves only him, the daughter, and Klaus.
Even though the movie is rather slow-paced, the bleak style and feel that the film has makes it all blend together perfectly and it becomes a really dark film. Most of the film is driven with this pace, but the suspense is always there. This is something that makes the movie stand out as it keeps you on the edge of your seat even at it's slowest. But then we also have the scenes that are made to be suspenseful. One scene involving a chase even reminded me of a slasher movie in it's suspense, something a horror-fan like me appreciates. Needless to say, some scenes are actually scary. Not "boo-scary", not scary because of monsters or serial killers. But scary because of how realistic it is, and how well the roles are being played.
The young man, Angelo, is fantastic as the obsessed child killer and the scenes where he go out to get new boys to kill are just as scary as the actual killing because of his performance. Klaus character is a hard one to get right as he's in a big lung machine through most parts of the movie, but this too is done to perfection. His character who tries to convince himself, and us, that he doesn't want to be a part of what Angelo is doing, gets back to his old needs in moments of weaknesses, and the dark perverted man we see in the beginning of the movie is suddenly apparent to us again. Only to later switch back to understanding that it's wrong and trying to save himself and his daughter.
"In A Glass Cage" is as close to a horror movie as an art house / drama could get, with realism being the horror to it. It's one of those films that doesn't need to show you things to sicken you, yet it doesn't shy away from showing us just enough to make sure we're not forgetting it. Perfect performances makes this movie one of the darkest I have seen in a long time. It's definitely a movie that everyone should see, and on a site like Film Bizarro, there's not alot of movies I say that about. Do yourself a favor, open your eyes to the cruel and perverted world you live in by watching this movie. It might not make you happy or make you feel better, but you might just get a little bit more aware that it's not all flowers and smiles.