With this grungy saga about a serial killer in 1970s Hamburg, director Fatih Akin (The Edge of Heaven) seems to have set out to make the most repulsive movie he could. It opens with an extended sequence of the antihero—a loutish alcoholic with greasy hair, bad teeth, and a permanently broken nose—dismembering one of his victims, and it only gets uglier from there. In Tarantinoesque fashion, Akin peppers the drama with ironically employed vintage soft rock, as if that would make the content more palatable, yet the bad taste behind the musical choices is just as cringeworthy as the imagery. I’ll credit the director with creating a memorably palpable vision of society in decay, and the cast exhibits an unflinching commitment to his vision. Still, the overall hideousness makes this virtually unwatchable; I’d be happier if I’d never laid eyes on it. In German with subtitles.