A young woman who attempts to commit suicide out of heartache is saved at the last second by a priest accompanying a boys'choir. The clergyman soon learns that Renate, the suicide candidate...
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A young woman who attempts to commit suicide out of heartache is saved at the last second by a priest accompanying a boys'choir. The clergyman soon learns that Renate, the suicide candidate, is an operator in a Vienna factory, that she has an affair with Robert, the firm's engineer, and that she has a rival in the person of Erika, the managing director's whimsical daughter. Chance has it that the boys'choir must perform in this very factory, which terrifies Renate, who, in the meantime had been adopted by the troupe. She chooses to disappear... Written by
I consider this movie a document of where we (in the western world) come from. A soap with real moments. Sentimental - of course. But we get quite a few glimpses of bygone times that really existed whether one likes it or not. I should know because it was the world I grew up in. The story is absolutely standard: man meets girl, misunderstandings, separation, desperation, reconciliation. Doesn't this cover at least 50% of all stories being told? Sabine Bethmann has a beautiful face (her character doesn't require too much acting), Paul Hörbiger shows nice presence. No, it's certainly not a great movie. I liked: the office and workplace scenes; the Wiener Sängerknaben; "Good night" on the staircase (they did not sleep in one room); the factory owner's daughter - almost contemporary; the women's looks - none of them skinny; the abbot's reason for smoking - it helps against the lice. If you're not afraid of sentimentality, this movie will provide you with some - anthropological, historical - insight.
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