The story is set in 1954. After their flight from East Prussia following WW II, the orphaned sisters Angela, Barbara (nicknamed Dick) and Brigitte (Dalli) have settled with their ...
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The story is set in 1954. After their flight from East Prussia following WW II, the orphaned sisters Angela, Barbara (nicknamed Dick) and Brigitte (Dalli) have settled with their grandmother Jantzen near Eutin in Schleswig-Holstein. The Jantzens have been owning the 18th century manor house "Immenhof" for over a 100 years, breeding and selling ponies. Only recently, Jochen von Roth has returned from POW camp and is now trying to establish a stud farm in the old forester's house about 5 kilometers from the manor house. Both Oma Jantzen and von Roth are struggling with finances. Owing to debt, Jantzen may have to face the auctioning off of all her possessions. Into this situation arrives Ethelbert, the sisters' posh cousin from the big city (we never learn which). He is making quite a fool of himself in his red and white riding dress, falling off ponies and into traps, but Dick feels drawn to him nevertheless. Romance is also blossoming between Angela and Jochen von Roth. Helped along ... Written by
In all fairness, the 'Immenhof' trilogy is nothing but a bit of fluff, held together by the youthful exuberance of Heidi Brühl and Angelika Meissner. On the other hand, they are handsomely mounted horse operas, German style. The horses are just ponies, the Wild West of Germany turns out to be the so called Holsteiner Schweiz in Schleswig-Holstein (the entire show was filmed on Gut Rothensande near Malente, one of Germany's most charming and beautiful landscape, with some scene shot in the famous city of Lübeck, still heavily destroyed by air-raids, the tower of St. Petri church still in ruins) but who cares with such charming young ladies in the lead? Even a few songs (not very good, alas) are thrown in.
Some veteran actors bring substance to the silly going-ons, there is some mild romance, some very mild profanity, but nothing that might offend Aunt Augusta. Pure fun for the whole family and a prime example of the long neglected Heimatfilm genre.
Frequently shown on German TV the original films are warmly loved by their fans.
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