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The life and career of the breakthrough German painter, Paula Modersohn-Becker.


Stefan Kolditz (screenplay), Stephan Suschke (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Carla Juri ... Paula Modersohn-Becker
Albrecht Schuch ... Otto Modersohn
Roxane Duran ... Clara Westhoff
Joel Basman ... Rainer Maria Rilke
Stanley Weber ... Georges
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Abendroth Michael Abendroth ... Carl Woldemar Becker
Bella Bading Bella Bading ... Elsbeth Modersohn - 8 Jahre alt
Laura Bartels Laura Bartels ... Malschülerin
Guido Beilmann Guido Beilmann ... Edler Herr
Vera Lara Beilmann Vera Lara Beilmann ... Pariser Dame
Peter Brachschoss Peter Brachschoss ... Pfarrer Brüntjes
Klara Deutschmann Klara Deutschmann ... Martha Vogeler
Enrico Di Giovanni Enrico Di Giovanni ... Direktor Colarossi
Gereon Ewen Gereon Ewen ... Musiker- Geige
Nathalie Lucia Hahnen ... Elevin


This movie, set in the 19th and 20th Century, follows the life of the german artist Paula Modersohn-Becker. It especially focuses on her most productive years in Worpswede (Germany) and Paris (France). One central topic is the discrimination of women in the world of art, while the story also follows Moderson-Beckers relationships with other artists and poets of her time, friends and family.

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Biography | Drama


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France | Germany


German | French

Release Date:

15 December 2016 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Paula - Mein Leben soll ein Fest sein See more »

Filming Locations:

North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Scriptwriters Stefan Kolditz and Stephan Suschke already worked on a biopic about Paula Modersohn-Becker for the DEFA-Studios in the GDR. When Producer Ingelore König found out about their work while searching writers for a Modersohn-Becker biopic about 25 years later, she felt like "winning the lottery jackpot". She hired Kolditz and Suschke, who followed a new approach to Modersohn-Becker's life for the script. See more »


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A true masterpiece
27 August 2018 | by jkcarloSee all my reviews

Carla Juri plays the famous german painter, Paula, who is living in the late 18th century where women painters - to say it the least - are unheard of.

Strong-willed Paula has to go her own way and overcome many obstacles to pursue her dream of becoming a famous painter. Soon not only her friendships (among others with the famous poet Rainer Maria Rilke) and marrige are at stake - her very own personal freedom soon seems to be too.

I saw Carla Juri first for the first time in the wird and bizar movie, Wetlands (2013). Already then it was clear to me that she had an unique talent for acting. In paula her talent truely unfolds, and Carla Juri dilevers a performance of and international accting star.

German movies was reborn with the brilliant "Downfall" (2004) soon to be followed by "The lifes of the others" (2006). Since then a number of great german movies was made and Paula more than confirms Germanys position when it comes to make movies in the top of the international leauge.

As you soon will come to see for yourself Paula is not only yet antother great German movie - for Paula is "a true masterpiece"

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