3096 Tage (2013)
One of the great things about Natascha Kampusch's autobiography "3096 Tage", about her time in captivity in Wolfgang Priklopil's cellar, is that it is nonspeculative and discussion-based. Even the perpetrator is portrayed in a forgiving light; she wants to understand him more than condemn him. None of these qualities are anywhere to be found in this ill-conceived adaptation, however, which on the surface is true to Kampusch's account, but in essence is sleazy, indelicate and, to make things worse, staccato. To elaborate on that final characteristic: Nothing here feels like it's flowing, everything seems forced - from the at times awful acting, particularly by the horribly miscast, out of depth and far too old Antonia Campbell-Hughes in the adult female lead, via Sherry Hormann's clumsy direction, and to the strangely fluorescent cinematography, which surprisingly is by award-winning German veteran Michael Ballhaus. I guess a bad team effort affects everyone. And this is certainly one. I feel sorry for Ms. Kampusch who has to see her life-story treated like this.
PS! The film is a German production, filmed in Bayern/Wien, but in the English language, which does not exactly add to its level of authenticity.