Synopsis: Josef Schmutz is a custodian clerk given the task of guarding an outdated industrial plant.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Paulus Manker
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
100 min


It's my property. My property.

Tell yourself that over and over.

Take care of that, which has been

entrusted you, as if it were your own.

Then you will be a

reliable caretaker.

One thing must be made clear to you:

you are a proxy for the property owner.

You have his interest at heart.

We are the representatives

of the property.

Responsibility is our occupation.

Keep in mind, whatever the person

in front of you is doing,

whether he's a trespasser or stray,

child or criminal, he is in the wrong.

He should not be where he is

if you are standing opposite him.

What do the peoples of the world call

an invader into their territories?


Enemy. Correct.


Take your colleague as an example.

He has experience, and

knows what it's all about.

Look, he's smiling.

Are you smiling?

Smiling is the only way in which you are

allowed to show your enemy your teeth.

The limit of your smile is only reached

when your courtesy is not reciprocated.

Then the moment of truth is at hand.

Apart from that, just follow the

regulations and you will make few errors.

- Best of luck. Goodbye.

- Goodbye.

"Greetings from Venice.

Yours truly..."

Good evening.

Please come into my office.

Go through the door with the

inscription, "Management".

No, you're in the wrong place.

Go down the hall, if you please.

Don't be scared.

Come on in.

I don't know what people expect of us.

When there's a key, we punch

the clock and have proof.

I was there, to the second. But

without a key, no proof.

One can believe him, or not. And then it's

their fault because they can't prove it.

Just imagine he tells you,

"You weren't there".

"You weren't in Avenue A, you weren't

in Avenue B, C, D, or E."

What would you say then?

Well, what do I say?

Get yourself ready. We have

to go in a minute.

It wasn't unoriginal.

From the 10th bottle on, he put a

bucket in front of the chair,

and what he poured into the top came

out the bottom. One really had to watch.

And when the trainer came by on his

rounds and stood in the door,

he didn't say a word. He just stood

there and waited until the box was empty.

And then he said with a grin, "I'm

betting on a second box".

Well, the boy looks at

him with wide eyes...

...and falls off his stool.

It was pretty funny.

Alcohol is prohibited on the job.

Visitors and alcohol and

drugs and women.

Here, as on the police force.

- Yeah, well, I was just telling a story.

- Of course. I'm just saying.



Do you live alone?


Why do you ask?

- Did you bring me coffee?

- The girls will come by in the evening.

- What's that?

- Sorry?

- Is that supposed to be a joke?

- I thought you would be excited.

We had a laugh, didn't we?

I'll be right there. I'm

just getting changed.

Oh, I'm sorry.

Best wishes.

All the best for your birthday.

Liza, Liza...

What's wrong with you?

Today is not my birthday.

Good evening. The senior

controller, please.

One moment. I'll connect you.

This is the office of Mr.

Blauensteiner. Hello?


Are you listening in?





I'm happy that you are

comfortable in your job.

One does what one can.

You'll pardon the interruption.

The women, too.

Get rid of the whores, Schmutz!

- But...

- Get dressed.

Not the uniform.

It stays here.

The shirt, too.

Schmutz, come in here.

Take your stuff and get lost.

Make it snappy, before I

change my mind.

I consider you a cowardly

man, Schmutz.

- I didn't make a report because...

- Yes?

I didn't want to act too hastily.

The man is new.

I don't want others' mistakes...

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Michael Haneke

Michael Haneke is an Austrian film director and screenwriter best known for films such as Funny Games, Caché, The White Ribbon and Amour. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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