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Emancipation (2011)

eMANNzipation (original title)
An uncommon story of love and resilience, eMANcipation tackles its delicate subject (a singular group of men who inhabit a shelter for abused men) with both honesty and sensitivity. The ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Urs Stämpfli Urs Stämpfli ... Dominik
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roland Avenard Roland Avenard ... Gregor
Yannik Burwiek Yannik Burwiek ... Dylan
Eduard Burza Eduard Burza ... Karsten
Janet Calvert Janet Calvert ... Ms. Fischer
Sieruan Casey Sieruan Casey ... Gunnar
Nina Coenen Nina Coenen ... Roberta
Dela Dabulamanzi ... Hannah (as Dela Gakpo)
Anna Görgen Anna Görgen ... Belinda
Peer Alexander Hauck Peer Alexander Hauck ... Lukas
Frances Heller Frances Heller ... Angela
Maurice Ittershagen Maurice Ittershagen ... Sven
Anna Juliana Jaenner ... Sabine (as Anna Juliana Kletzmayr)
Cusch Jung Cusch Jung ... Dr. Urban
Vivian Kanner Vivian Kanner ... Ms. Fottener


An uncommon story of love and resilience, eMANcipation tackles its delicate subject (a singular group of men who inhabit a shelter for abused men) with both honesty and sensitivity. The story revolves around Dominik Liebmann: a man who has lost everything: His wife, son, job, house - even his pride. Financially and emotionally bankrupt he enters Berlins first and only "Männerhaus": a shelter for battered men. He meets Holger the director of the house and its members. After a psychiatric examination by the youth welfare office he has to participate in the Group Therapy Session of the "Männerhaus" in order to get custody for his son Dylan. After an initial resistance Dominik decides to participate and so the other members of the "Männerhaus" learn about Dominiks past... Director Philipp Müller-Dorn takes a daring and provocative look inside the world that very few men, out of embarrassment or retaliation, speak of: domestic abuse by their partner. In the dramatic film eMANcipation, ... Written by M. Loewi

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A story about love, violence and a bizarre shelter for men.









Release Date:

5 October 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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PMD Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A story that needs attention
15 October 2013 | by JCaseyChapmanSee all my reviews

I was lucky enough to see eMANNzipation in Berlin this summer and felt compelled to review the film - in hopes that it will get a wider audience, because it surely is a story that needs to be told.

How many movies have you seen that detail troubled relationships that become abusive? Probably a lot. How many have you seen where the female in the relationship is the aggressor against the man? I can't think of any off the top of my head. After seeing the movie I looked into the stats and this is more common than you may think.

eMANNzipation is Dominik's story (played by Urs Stampfli). He is a rather meek man who is first seen wearing an eye patch because his wife has just decked him in the face. We learn how the two met and see the relationship blossom and then deteriorate. The story also brings into the forefront issues of postpartum depression, therapy, parenting, dating, along with the issues of abuse. The story could have turned into something you may see on basic cable, but thankfully writer/director Philipp Muller-Dorn has taken a realistic approach to the material. No one character is just a monster or a weakling.

The performances are wonderful. The star is Stampfli as Dominik, a character so flawed - yet so endearing. Also notable is Frances Heller who is astounding as Hannah who seems to be having the time of her life playing the many sides of the abusive wife. Anna Gorgen is also a welcome addition to the story as the new woman in Dominik's life.

It's a movie I hadn't seen before, handled with precision and care by its director. I would recommend you see the film if it is near you on the festival circuit, or hopefully one day in the theatre!

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