Child I Never Was, The Director: Kai S. Pieck Germany| 2004. Colour. English subtitles. Dolby digital stereo. 83 min. Book cinema tickets Between 1962 and 1966, four schoolboys were abused, tortured and killed in Germany’s Ruhr District. Their tormentor, Jurgen Bartsch, was fifteen at the time of his first crime and sixteen when he was caught. His mesmerising confession, which frames this creepy but responsible true-crime re-enactment, forms the heart of filmmaker Kai S. Pieck’s journey into the dark reaches of a troubled mind. The background details of Bartsch’s teenage life are duly sketchedcold and severe adoptive parents, terror-filled years at a Catholic boarding school, the discovery of his homosexualitybut they are not used as pat explanations. Ultimately, in fact, it is the outward normality of Bartsch’s everyday life that underscores the horror of his deeds. Director: Kai S. Pieck Germany| 2004. Colour. English subtitles. Dolby digital stereo. 83 min.