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Germany Pale Mother (1980)

Deutschland bleiche Mutter (original title)
Germany 1939. Hans and Lene marry the day before the war breaks out, and Hans is sent to the Eastern front. During a bombing raid their daughter Anna is born. The house is destroyed and ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eva Mattes ...
Helene
Ernst Jacobi ...
Hans
Elisabeth Stepanek ...
Hanne
Angelika Thomas ...
Lydia
Rainer Friedrichsen ...
Ulrich
Gisela Stein ...
Aunt Ihmchen
Fritz Lichtenhahn ...
Uncle Bertrand
Anna Sanders ...
Anna
Sonja Lauer ...
Anna
Miriam Lauer ...
Anna
Gabriele John
Johanna Karl-Lory
Ursula Ludwig
Lisa Örter
Jeanine Rickmann
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Germany 1939. Hans and Lene marry the day before the war breaks out, and Hans is sent to the Eastern front. During a bombing raid their daughter Anna is born. The house is destroyed and Lene and Anna moves in with relatives in Berlin. Hans survives the war but he is not the same person as in 1939, and he and Lene find it difficult to live together again. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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26 September 1980 (West Germany)  »

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The film is semi auto-biographical and is based on Helma Sanders-Brahms's parents. See more »

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Featured in Die Nacht der Regisseure (1995) See more »

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Tragedy in the purest sense
14 May 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

This was probably one of the few foreign films I couldn't sit through. Talk about dreary. This must have been one of those films which helped establish the boring-foreign film stereotype. While the story was very strong and the pacing was excellent, it feels like a long, drawn out version of people waiting to commit suicide. However, the acting in the film was amazing, fully delving into the uneasy silences of two people who are torn apart by war and different views of marriage. Tough to inhale at most times, but a perfect example of the tragedy.


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