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The Nasty Girl (1990)
"Das schreckliche Mädchen" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, History  |  March 1991 (USA)
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When a young woman investigates her town's Nazi past, the community turns against her.


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Lena Stolze ...
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Elisabeth Bertram ...
Sonja's grandma
Michael Gahr ...
Paul Rosenberger
Robert Giggenbach ...
Fred Stillkrauth ...
Sonja's uncle
Barbara Gallauner ...
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Udo Thomer ...
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Ludwig Wühr ...
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Christof Wackernagel ...
Richard Süßmeier ...
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Sandra White ...
Rudolf Klaffenböck ...
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Sonya is a German high school student who decides to write an essay about her town's history during the Third Reich and its resistance to it. To her dismay, and more so the town's, she uncovers instead definite collaboration during the period. As she digs deeper, she must struggle against the town's vocal and violent opposition to her search for the truth. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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Sardonic satire on modern Germany
16 January 1999 | by (Leeds, England) – See all my reviews

The film is about a young woman in a small conservative community in southern Germany who decides to do some research into life during World War 2, and discovers that the version of events she has been brought up to believe is not backed up by the facts. A witty and biting satire on bourgeois hypocrisy and people's refusal (or unwillingness) to remember unpleasantness. To its credit the film is not didactic or one-sided and manages to make its point in a highly watchable but thought-provoking manner.

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