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Germany Pale Mother (1980)

Deutschland bleiche Mutter (original title)
Germany 1939. Hans and Lene marry the day before the war breaks out, and Hans is sent to the Eastern front. During a bombing raid their daughter Anna is born. The house is destroyed and ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eva Mattes ... Helene
Ernst Jacobi ... Hans
Elisabeth Stepanek Elisabeth Stepanek ... Hanne
Angelika Thomas Angelika Thomas ... Lydia
Rainer Friedrichsen Rainer Friedrichsen ... Ulrich
Gisela Stein Gisela Stein ... Aunt Ihmchen
Fritz Lichtenhahn Fritz Lichtenhahn ... Uncle Bertrand
Anna Sanders Anna Sanders ... Anna
Sonja Lauer Sonja Lauer ... Anna
Miriam Lauer Miriam Lauer ... Anna
Gabriele John Gabriele John
Johanna Karl-Lory Johanna Karl-Lory
Ursula Ludwig Ursula Ludwig
Lisa Örter Lisa Örter
Jeanine Rickmann Jeanine Rickmann
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Germany 1939. Hans and Lene marry the day before the war breaks out, and Hans is sent to the Eastern front. During a bombing raid their daughter Anna is born. The house is destroyed and Lene and Anna moves in with relatives in Berlin. Hans survives the war but he is not the same person as in 1939, and he and Lene find it difficult to live together again. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Drama | History | War

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German | French | English

Release Date:

26 September 1980 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Germany Pale Mother See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The story Lene tells Anna as they are walking in the ruins is The Robber Bridegroom. See more »

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Featured in Die Nacht der Regisseure (1995) See more »

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Deeply Depressing
6 May 2001 | by Karl SelfSee all my reviews

This movie reminded me of a caricature by Sempé: a crowd leaving a cinema, an utterly depressed look on all their faces. Seeing this, a young man cueing at the box office says to his girl friend: "wow, this must be a really good movie!".

"Deutschland, bleiche Mutter" is a very bleak movie, more interesting as a document of the generation born around the war years than of the war years themselves. If that's what you're looking for, you have struck gold. Otherwise be warned, it is not a movie for the easily depressed (or easily bored, for that matter).


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