System Crasher
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119 minutes

System Crasher

Short description

9-year-old Benni’s untamed energy has driven everyone around her to despair. After being moved from home to home, Benni only wants one thing: to be back with her own mother.

When child protection services bring in anger management trainer Micha to work with Benni, there is suddenly a seed of hope that things could finally change for the better. But will Micha be able to succeed where all others have given up?

Movie description

She is small, but dangerous. Wherever Benni ends up, she is immediately expelled. The wild 9-year-old girl has already become what child protection services call a “system crasher”. And she is certainly not looking to change her ways. Because Benni has one single goal: to be back at home with her mother. But Bianca is scared of her own daughter.

Mrs. Bafané from child protection services is trying her best to find a permanent placement for Benni. She hires the anger management trainer Micha as Benni’s school escort and suddenly there is a seed of hope. Will Micha be able to succeed where all others despaired?

While being acutely authentic, first-time director Nora Fingscheidt's 'System Crasher' transcends a psychological study to craft vibrant, visceral and emotional cinema with unforgettable performances.

Please note: This film is presented in its original German language version with English subtitles. The subtitles cannot be switched on or off.



Helena Zengel, Albrecht Schuch, Gabriela Maria Schmeide, Lisa Hagmeister


Nora Fingscheidt

IFCO rating

n/a years