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The Nasty Girl (1990)

Das schreckliche Mädchen (original title)
When a young woman investigates her town's Nazi past, the community turns against her.

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Michael Verhoeven
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lena Stolze Lena Stolze ... Sonja
Hans-Reinhard Müller Hans-Reinhard Müller ... Juckenack
Monika Baumgartner Monika Baumgartner ... Sonja's mother
Elisabeth Bertram Elisabeth Bertram ... Sonja's grandma
Michael Gahr Michael Gahr ... Paul Rosenberger
Robert Giggenbach Robert Giggenbach ... Martin
Fred Stillkrauth Fred Stillkrauth ... Sonja's uncle
Barbara Gallauner Barbara Gallauner ... Miss Juckenack
Udo Thomer Udo Thomer ... Archivist Schulz
Ludwig Wühr Ludwig Wühr ... Owner of the Swingboat
Christof Wackernagel Christof Wackernagel ... Zöpfel
Richard Süßmeier Richard Süßmeier ... The Mayor
Sandra White Sandra White ... Iris
Rudolf Klaffenböck Rudolf Klaffenböck ... The judge
Karin Thaler ... Nina
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Storyline

Sonja is a German high school student who participates in a writing contest and endeavors 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 (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Comedy | Drama | History | War

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Nasty Girl See more »

Filming Locations:

Munich, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,281,569
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Germany's official submission to the 1991's Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category. See more »

Quotes

Local Doctor: If I'd known you'd be famous, I'd have preserved your appendix in alcohol.
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Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it
18 December 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

It may sound in outline like a bad joke, but this daring comedy about a young German girl's frustrated attempt to uncover the Nazi past is no laughing matter. The film has a lot of the same, sassy energy as its heroine, who as a schoolgirl began a lifelong investigative crusade to unearth the Nazi skeletons in the closet of her Bavarian hometown, discovering firsthand the hypocrisy and complacency of her friends and neighbors (and, by extension, of the entire German nation). The story is drawn from actual events, but the heavy stylization of the film takes (deliberately) some of the sting from the facts, by lending them an almost playful air of unreality sometimes unsuited to the subject. The approach takes a little getting used to, but it makes sense: in a country afflicted with retroactive amnesia, history itself can sometimes seem equally unreal. Altogether it's a fresh look at otherwise familiar material, with a sudden, unresolved ending offering plenty of food for thought.


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