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Sheer Madness (1983)
"Heller Wahn" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  20 September 1985 (USA)
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Olga and Ruth become friends. Olga is independent, separated from her husband, living with an immigrant pianist, and teaching feminist literature. Ruth is withdrawn, a painter, possibly ... See full summary »

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Olga
Angela Winkler ...
Ruth
Peter Striebeck ...
Franz
Christine Fersen ...
Erika
Franz Buchrieser ...
Dieter
Wladimir Yordanoff ...
Alexaj
Agnes Fink ...
Ruth's mother
Felix Moeller ...
Christof
Jochen Striebeck ...
Bruno
Therese Affolter ...
Renate
Werner Eichhorn ...
Schlesinger
Karl Striebeck ...
Bruno's father
Peter Aust
Helga Ballhaus
Selda Bondy
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Olga and Ruth become friends. Olga is independent, separated from her husband, living with an immigrant pianist, and teaching feminist literature. Ruth is withdrawn, a painter, possibly mentally ill. Ruth dreams in black and white, sometimes of her suicide. Olga lectures on a 19th-century writer, von Günderrode, a suicide after the breakup of her intense friendship with Bettina Brentano. Ruth's husband Franz encourages the women's friendship, then, as Olga draws Ruth out and the friendship deepens, he becomes jealous. After the women travel to Egypt, Franz has a tirade. Ruth seems crushed between her husband and her friend, and how she responds is the film's climax. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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has potentials but does not deliver
18 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was not impressed with this movie and I was not impressed with the acting either. Actress who played Ruth(psychologically disturbed artist painter) creates believable character most of the time. I just did not feel that she created character capable to commit murder. Her act of murdering her husband at the end of the movie did not feel genuine and i was not convinced at all. That does not mean situation like that can not happen in real life. I just did not feel deeply connected with the characters. Performance of the actress who played Olga could have been more understated. I thought she was a bit overacting. Performance of the actor who plays Ruth¿s husband was not convincing either. I liked ideas and intentions behind his character-jealousy , insecurity, possession. I just do not think execution of those ideas and intentions was as subtle and nuanced as it intended to be. It seems that director¿s intentions were to create subtle psychological drama. But I do not think she succeeded. Male characters were completely one dimensional and not developed in any depth. Overall , as a whole , film lacks depth, despite its intentions to be deep and profound. Potentially film could have been an interesting psychological study of female psyche or maybe even human psyche in general. For a better version of the film of a similar kind see Cries and Whispers or Autumn Sonata by Ingmar Bergman.


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