Krabat..a fascinating German Movie
Krabat is a fascinating film by a well known German film maker, Marco Kreuzpaintner. It tells of sorcery and can be quite dark. Young boys changing into crows and flying across the land (a great youtube video here) but the film is redeemed by love.
Definitely not your usual run of the mill Hollywood rant...
Across Germany in 1646 famine and plague abounded. The Thirty Years War had ended leaving the land torn and burned and poverty was everywhere. Hundreds of thousands of people had died and the ones who survived had very little to live on for the fields were laid bare and most of the cattle had been driven off or killed.
Into this deserted landscape 3 young boys trudge...wintry snow covers all as they make their way to sing Christmas songs at a desolate village. They stop off to sleep in a deserted hut and Krabat has a nightmare in which 11 crows are flying towards him and telling him that there is an empty post waiting for him at the old Mill.
Krabat breaks his oath to his other two companions and sets off not really knowing where to go but guided by some outer force. He comes to a decrepit old Mill house surrounded by logs to form a enclosure and there 11 boys, dirty, ragged, meet him. They joke about him and hit him but there is a rough camaderie that grows during the film. Their work is to mill the wheat in the mill wheels that turn and groan and then stop.
There is another side to all of this work however, the boys are being trained in the Black Arts by the satanic Master who has a connect with the Dark Lord and they are sent out on Easter Eve to places where people have died to keep watch. (I never understood why!!!!)
Once a year the Grim Reaper drives his wagon filled with sacks of bones to the Mill and these are milled into fine dust. At that time one of the boys is killed as homage to the Reaper and then the boys turn into crows and fly across the land to find another boy to replace the one who died as there must always be 12 working and learning sorcery.
Krabat finds it hard to accept the rigorous conditions and the evil of the Master but continues to study and learn these arts for inside him he knows one day he will put an end to it all. His friend at the Mill, Tonda, tries to help Krabat but the Master finds out and kills him.
Love conquers All
In the meantime Krabat has met a village girl and fallen in love with her but Tonda tells him he must never say her name or the Master will find out and kill her as he killed the woman Tonda loved.
One night Krabat tries to leave the enclosure and stay with his lady but the Master follows him on a map and then sets fire to the map...the village burns down and many villagers die. The young girl says she will come to the Mill and ask the Master to let Krabat go but the evil sorcerer sends out his crows to stop the girl from arriving.
However,she does come and the Master tells her to choose which of the crows is Krabat and if she chooses correctly he will let them go. Her heart of loving leads her to Krabat and then the spell is broken but not before the Master sets fire to the Mill. All the boys are now free and they leave behind the Mill and their sorcery abilities.
Krabat's last words to the Master are...love conquers all and is stronger than any evil.
and so it is....
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