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The Nasty Girl (1990)

Das schreckliche Mädchen (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, History | March 1991 (USA)
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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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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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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Gross USA:

$2,281,569
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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Germany's official submission to the 1991's Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category. See more »

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Sonja: You have to know where things come from to know where they're going.
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Past and Present
20 July 2008 | by zolaaarSee all my reviews

Based on real events around a student who, in the 80s, worked of the Nazi past of a Bavarian town and hence got torpedoed by the local regulars and authorities. Verhoeven stages his film with recourse on many alienating stylistic devices to not convey the impression of a mere narration or, by implication, of a documentary. Lena Stolze's, the 'nasty girl', speech directly to the audience is part of it, as well as the effect of an obvious rear projection of the municipal archive while we see the actors performing on stage around a desk. Furthermore, Verhoeven's consistency in sharpening the criticism on the German bourgeoisie is remarkable at the time of the nation's reunion when skeptical and 'unpatriotic' words weren't particularly popular. The overall effect of it is not the exposure of a concealed guilt, but the presentation of a disconcerting as well as funny permanent embarrassment, because we witness both: the knowledge and the laborious acts of ignorance. The mulishness of the girl might be a little infantile, because she hasn't put up with reality yet - and probably never will. But really childish and stubborn and therefore dangerous are all those authorities who try to block her search for truth all the time. In any way, it's a succeeded satire walking in the shoes of Valentin, Tucholsky and Brecht, exposing German hypocrisy to ridicule and putting fingers on apparently still open sores.


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