During an event in Würzburg, GDR, an attractive young woman meets with the newly-elected mayor and promptly shoots him. Through a series of flashbacks we learn that the woman is named Ruth Bodenheim and that she is Jewish. The man she shoots, named Zwischenzahl, was responsible for the murder and internment of her family during the Third Reich, and her forced prostitution at a brothel in Poland. After the war, the American military throws Zwischenzahl in prison, thanks, in part, to Ruth's testimony. The American captain is sympathetic to Ruth, and it looks like justice will be served, but the captain's higher ups and local businessmen have different plans for Zwischenzahl, and he is released from custody. Ruth wants to kill him, but discovers that he has gone to America. She decides to put it all behind her and marries. She seems to be having a happy life, until one day downtown she comes upon row after row of posters promoting Zwischenzahl's campaign for mayor. At that point she ...Written by
Ulf Kjell Gür
A Jewish woman forced into prostitution during the time of World War II recognizes a former Nazi functionary as the man running for mayor in the west German town she is living in. Haunted by her past and the death of her parents, caused by this man, and the ignorance of the judiciary and even her husband, who rather want to forget about the past and concentrate on the future (Wirtschaftswunder era), she eventually decides to kill him and accept the penalty.
Beautifully photographed, this intense movie succeeds greatly in describing the agony of a woman facing a society which has already suppressed a past which she just cannot let rest. Thankfully, socialist propaganda is not very eminent in this movie, leaving it as a small, almost forgotten example of how east German filmmakers were dealing with the Nazi era. You are not going to find a movie about the topic like this from West Germany for almost a decade after this movie was made. See it if you can track it down.
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