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No Mercy, No Future (1981)

Die Berührte (original title)
Doctors say that Veronika, a woman in her 20s, is schizophrenic. She is compliant, which makes her an easy target for men. She's religious, believing she is God's favorite child; she ... See full summary »


Rita G. (texts), Helma Sanders-Brahms
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Credited cast:
Elisabeth Stepanek Elisabeth Stepanek ... Veronika Christoph
Nguyen Chi Danh Nguyen Chi Danh ... Der Erste
Karl Heinz Reimann Karl Heinz Reimann ... Kind Gottes
Jorge Reis Jorge Reis ... Demba
Carola Regnier Carola Regnier ... Ärztin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abdel Wahed Askar Abdel Wahed Askar ... Ibrahim / Salem
Curt Curtini Curt Curtini ... Zauberer
Erika Dannhoff Erika Dannhoff ... Tanzender Tod
Günther Ehlert Günther Ehlert
Hasan Hasan Hasan Hasan ... Monsef
Harald Hoedt Harald Hoedt ... Gräfin im Garten
Erich Koltschack Erich Koltschack ... Alter (as Erich Koitzsch-Koltschak)
Irmgard Mellinger Irmgard Mellinger ... Veronikas Mutter
Nabil Reiroumi Nabil Reiroumi ... Kranker
George Stamkoski George Stamkoski ... Grieche


Doctors say that Veronika, a woman in her 20s, is schizophrenic. She is compliant, which makes her an easy target for men. She's religious, believing she is God's favorite child; she searches for Jesus. She has sent a letter to a filmmaker suggesting her life as the subject for a movie. We see her raped than take up with a series of men she believes are Jesus, each willing or insistent on sex. A young man with his own crisis of faith invites her to join a cult. We see her involuntarily committed to an asylum from time to time where medication and constraints await. Her wealthy parents are helpless. Will a medical professional ever talk to her? If one did, would it help? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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18 November 1981 (France) See more »

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1.66 : 1
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A cataclysmic orgasm of emptiness, suicide and depression.
18 November 2008 | by TheAgonyOfPlasmaSee all my reviews

The daughter of rich and conservative parents (Elizabeth Stepanek) roams snowy Berlin in the search for men, in whom she sees the reembodiment of God or Christ. Poor angel is repeatedly placed in a psychiatric clinic, where she is treated with drugs. Based on a series of letters written by a schizophrenic woman named Rita G., "No Mercy No Future" is a cold and incredibly depressing drama about loneliness and harsh, merciless love. The film shows multiple, explicit scenes of sex and suicidal bloodletting that will no doubt upset some viewers. One erotic scene drenched in vaginal gore is touching and sickening at the same time. Our heroine strips naked and lies in the snow beside an army firing range; arterial blood from her slashed wrists is flowing freely, her various suicide attempts are like the spiritual journey to God and our savior Jesus Christ. Anorexia, psychosis, joyless sex, graphic abortion and self-mutilation are all mixed in this experimental doco-drama that pulls no punches in its utter coldness and dirt. An emotionally-exhausting experience.

"Blackness, stuffing, wood and nails - The stench in your coffin sums up your whole life" - Funeralium, "Nearly the End"

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