Punish Me (2006)







Awards:3 wins

German Film Critics Association Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2008 Won German Film Critics Award Best Actress (Beste Darstellerin)
Maren Kroymann
Locarno International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2006 Won Golden Leopard - Filmmakers of the Present Angelina Maccarone
For the subtlety, great sensitivity and intelligence with which she unpeels the complexity of human relationships.
New Faces Awards, Germany
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2007 Won New Faces Award Actor
Kostja Ullmann


Angelina Maccarone''s intense drama deals with the obsessive relationship between a confused teenager and an elder woman. Elsa Seifert successfully works as probation officer, but the relationship to her longtime companion is in trouble since their common daughter moved out. Then she gets to know Jan, a 16-years-old offender, who frankly offers to submit himself sexually to her. Although being shocked in the beginning, Elsa gets more and more attracted by the young man... Written by fippi2000


Elsa Seifert is a woman nearing her fiftieth birthday who has a career as a social worker. Elsa is married to Raimar, who runs an auto repair shop, and they have a comfortable relationship, with one grown daughter who lives on her own. Elsa is assigned to look into the case of Jan Winkler (Kostja Ullman), who is only sixteen but has a precocious criminal record and has just been released from a juvenile detention facility. When Elsa meets Jan for the first time, she senses that he''s attracted to her, and to her surprise he begins stopping by her home, sometimes bringing her gifts. Elsa persuades Raimar to give Jan a part time job at his shop to keep the boy occupied, but this does little to blunt Jan''s ardor, and Raimar strikes up a friendship with him. One night, aware that Jan is watching from the sidewalk, Elsa leaves the curtains open as she makes love with Raimar, which becomes the first step in an erotic relationship with her young client. However, Elsa quickly discovers Jan is a masochist with a deep need to be disciplined during sex, something she''d never encountered with her previous lovers, and her sexual experimentation has a profound effect on her life.