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Two Mothers (2013)

Zwei Mütter (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 30 May 2013 (Germany)
Two Mothers is a drama about a lesbian married couple, Katja and Isabella, who decided to have a child in Germany, a country that imposes so many legal issues, high fees and other obstacles... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karina Plachetka Karina Plachetka ... Isabella Bürgelin
Sabine Wolf Sabine Wolf ... Katja Maria Maisch
Florian Weber Florian Weber ... Samenspender
Maarten Van Santen Maarten Van Santen ... Arzt Samenbank (as Dr. Marten Van Santen)
Tilmann A. Müller Tilmann A. Müller ... Anwalt
Joachim Welz Joachim Welz ... Inseminationsset-Verkäufer
Rolf Iben Rolf Iben ... Samenspender Subway
Karin Herrgen Karin Herrgen ... Apothekerin
Nadine Landmann Nadine Landmann ... Verkäuferin Babyladen
Simon Gross Simon Gross ... Kind
Robert Thiele Robert Thiele ... Vater
Andrea Pfirrmann Andrea Pfirrmann ... Empfangsdame Samenbank
Marcel Kluge Marcel Kluge ... Samenspender Hot-Dog-Laden
Tim Ihde Tim Ihde ... Samenspender Tankstelle
Soy Kounlavong Soy Kounlavong ... Samenspender Sushiladen


Two Mothers is a drama about a lesbian married couple, Katja and Isabella, who decided to have a child in Germany, a country that imposes so many legal issues, high fees and other obstacles in a very difficult process. They agreed to find a sperm donor but not a father, so they can educate the child without any exterior interference. Like many lesbian couples in Germany they have to find out that the road to a common child is much harder than expected.

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It shouldn't be this hard to conceive a child.
12 November 2013 | by Red-125See all my reviews

The German film Zwei Mütter was shown in the United States as Two Mothers (2013). It was written and directed by Anne Zohra Berrached.

The movie stars Karina Plachetka as Isabella Bürgelin and Sabine Wolf as Katja Maria Maisch. Isabella and Katia are a loving lesbian couple who want to conceive a baby. Artificial insemination is a standard practice in Germany, but not for same-sex couples.

The pair meet numerous obstacles--both legal and financial--in the Catch-22 world of German medical politics. They also meet some potential sperm donors, who all say they are motivated by altruism. However, altruism is obviously pretty far down the list for most of these men.

Not being able to conceive a child is a problem in itself. But it's also a dividing force that acts to separate the two women. For example, they were seemingly happy with one partner being the main provider, and the other just doing casual work. However, that becomes an issue when financial stability enters the picture. The film has an interesting, albeit somewhat unsettling, ending, when several of these strands come together.

Zwei Mütter is a movie worth finding and viewing. We saw it at the Little Theatre as part of Image Out, the Rochester LGBT Film Festival. It will work very well on the small screen.

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