Autumn Milk (1989)
"Herbstmilch" (original title)

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This is a cinematic adaptation of the autobiography of Anna Wimschneider. It depicts her life's experiences and workaday routines as a woman born on a farm in lower Bavaria, Germany, in the... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dana Vávrová ...
Anna Wimschneider
Werner Stocker ...
Albert Wimschneider
Claude-Oliver Rudolph ...
Eva Mattes ...
Ilona Mayer ...
Herta Schwarz ...
Renate Grosser ...
Julius Mitterer ...
Uncle Otto
Albert Wimschneider ...
Uncle Albert
Marie Bardischewski ...
Mother (as Maria Bardischewski)
Werner Schnitzer ...
Klára Lidová
Waltraud Ludwig
Karel Hermánek
Hans Schuler


This is a cinematic adaptation of the autobiography of Anna Wimschneider. It depicts her life's experiences and workaday routines as a woman born on a farm in lower Bavaria, Germany, in the 1920s. Anna's mother died early in child-bed and since then Anna had to take her place and work very hard. On a Nazi rally she meets young Albert, who owns a farm. They realize that they both don't believe into fascism, and go off for a coffee bar, where he starts wooing her. Against her prior decision to leave the farm-life as soon as possible, she agrees to marry him, in the hope that her life will become easier on Albert's farm. Written by Tom Zoerner <>

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19 January 1989 (West Germany)  »

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Autumn Milk  »

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The title refers to a special soup made of fermented milk, the recipe of which is told at the end of the movie. In the German version this is an outtake of a conversation with writer Anna Wimschneider herself. See more »

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Anna Wimschneider is heard to read a bavarian receipe for a soup called "Herbstmilch Suppe" See more »


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Touching movie about an Bavarian peasant woman
16 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

"Herbstmilch" (Autumn Milk) is an unsentimental though very touching movie about this woman growing up in the German-countryside-reality before and during the second world war.

The book, this movie is based on, is the biography of Bavarian peasant woman Anna Wimschneider. As oldest daughter in the family, she has to take over responsibility for her 5 younger siblings and the complete household including two older brothers and her father, after her mother passed away, giving birth to the youngest child. That time Anna is only 8 years old.

Ten years later, against the will of both families, she marries Albert Wimschneider shortly before WW2 and becomes peasant women. Instead of the younger brothers and sisters, she now has to care about some nasty old relatives and a mother in law who hates her. During the war she has to do all the field work on top, even while she is pregnant.

This movie shows in a touching and never sentimental way every day struggle in the 30/40th in the German country. Anna never entirely looses faith and she even keeps and lives her own little romantic corner of her heart.

Beside real Anna Wimschneiders appearance during the end-titles of the movie, her real husband Albert Wimschneider plays the role of one of his own old uncles. The role of Albert Wimschneider is played by talented and very handsome actor Werner Stocker who was forecast to have a great career but sadly died of cancer in 1993. Anna Wimschneider, who also died only a few years after the movie was released, is played by Dana Vávrová. She is married with Joseph Vilsmaier, director of the movie. She had met him the first time, when he was cinematographer for the German TV-mini series "Ein Stück Himmel" where she played the leading role, when she was 15.

"Herbstmilch" gets released on DVD in July (2004).

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