Frau Böhm sagt Nein
is a TV movie starring
Senta Berger, Lavinia Wilson, and Johanna Gastdorf.
An unyielding clerk responsible for the payment of the salaries and bonus of the board members influences the buyout of her company.
Despite a disclaimer, parts of the movie are inspired by the takeover battle of Mannesmann AG by Vodafone, and the subsequent bonus payoffs to the Mannesmann management. The subplot about "company paid fun travels" is inspired by a scandal that happened at Volkswagen AG. See more »
You've read it in the newspaper, how shareholders change the fate of companies, a constant dance of sinking, rising, merging and destroying, strangely unrelated to the people actually doing the work. The made-for-TV movie does not offer any new insights, but still it is very recommendable as an earnest plea for decency. Decency is personified in the character of Frau Böhm, superbly performed by Senta Berger - never has she looked so unglamorous yet so beautiful and sincere. Frau Böhm is loyal to her employers to the last, taking care of the board of directors' wages. But suddenly she refuses to pay them their 80 million Euro bonuses for selling out the company. And after we have got to know the character, we know she couldn't decide differently - just look at the way she celebrates Christmas Eve all alone in her apartment. The best thing is that there actually was a woman who said No in real life, which inspired screenwriter Dorothee Schön to write the movie. So decency still seems to be around.
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