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Bambule (1970)

The film criticizes the authoritarian methods of home education in a girls' home. In the course of the action, there is a revolt against the oppressive structures.


Ulrike Meinhof (as Ulrike Marie Meinhof)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Petra Redinger Petra Redinger ... Iv
Christine Diersch Christine Diersch ... Monika Gerolds
Dagmar Biener Dagmar Biener ... Irene
Helge Hennig Helge Hennig ... Jynett
Barbara Schöne Barbara Schöne ... Heidi
Antje Hagen Antje Hagen ... Frau Lack
Marlene Riphahn Marlene Riphahn ... Frau Timm
Dagmar Tass Dagmar Tass ... Babsi
Christiane Lemm Christiane Lemm ... Gisela
Petra Schröder Petra Schröder ... Gitta (as Petra Schroeder)
Hansi Jochmann ... Karin
Ute Gerhard Ute Gerhard ... Jutta
Hilde Hessmann Hilde Hessmann ... Frau Bonni
Sabine Körner Sabine Körner ... Hannelore
Monika Häckermann Monika Häckermann ... (as Monika Söhnel)


The film criticizes the authoritarian methods of home education in a girls' home. In the course of the action, there is a revolt against the oppressive structures. The plot of the film is often understood as a parable to the social conditions of the time, to which a new, more acute form of class struggle must be opposed. The multi-layered plot plays for 24 hours in a West Berlin girls' home for adolescent girls. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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West Germany



Release Date:

24 May 1970 (West Germany) See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany

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Südwestfunk (SWF) See more »
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Written by Ulrike Meinhof who would become well-known for her involvement in the Red Army Faction, a German militant freedom movement in the '60s. See more »


Edited into Une jeunesse allemande (2015) See more »

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It's a riot!
14 January 2008 | by Karl SelfSee all my reviews

"Bambule" is German prison slang for "riot". This 1970 TV movie follows a day in the life of three adolescent borstal girls in Berlin: Irene escapes (but returns after she finds no bearings in the outside world), Monika is caught and transferred against her will to another home run by nuns, Iv (Evelyn) incites her room mates to riot at night. Many of the girls are lesbians; the atmosphere is so bleak, dystopic and despondent that it makes Soylent Green look like The Joy Luck Club.

This is a dated and somewhat opaque (in other words "difficult to watch") movie, so I would only recommend it to those with a historical or professional interest. The action unfolds straight away without introducing the characters first (probably the typical error of a novice script writer, although it could equally well be hubris), which meant that I had to watch the movie a second time before I could follow it, and even then I had to pay close attention.

For what it's worth, considering that it was shot on a restrictive budget (as a TV movie), that it is dealing with a complicated subject matter, and especially that the writer (Ulrike Meinhof) was poised to become one of the most vicious terrorists of her day and age, it is a surprisingly ambitious and yet balanced movie, although with the occasional formulaic touch of class struggle. I thought that the girls are displayed realistically, vulnerable and lost but at the same time aggressive, unpleasant, disoriented and unable to cooperate for a common goal. I was very surprised about the persistent lesbian theme (in fact men only appear in underparts as oppressors or tricks) as Meinhof was after all a divorced mother of two. The movie offers no perspective other than an intensification of rebellion and repression, which turned out to be the RAF's leitmotiv for the next decades; it also foreshadows Meinhof's own aggressive conduct in prison just two years later.

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