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Sheer Madness

6.6
31
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Original title
Heller Wahnaka
AKA
  • Friends and Husbands
Year
Running time
102 min.
Country
Germany - West Germany (FRG) Germany - West Germany (FRG)
Director
Screenwriter
Margarethe von Trotta
Music
Nicolas Economou
Cinematography
Michael Ballhaus
Cast
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Producer
Co-production Germany-France; Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) / Bioskop Film / Les Films du Losange
Genre
Drama | Friendship
Synopsis / Plot
Olga and Ruth become friends. Olga is independent, separated from her husband, living with an immigrant pianist, and teaching feminist literature. Ruth is withdrawn, a painter, possibly mentally ill. Ruth dreams in black and white, sometimes of her suicide. Olga lectures on a 19th-century writer, von Günderrode, a suicide after the breakup of her intense friendship with Bettina Brentano. Ruth's husband Franz encourages the women's friendship, then, as Olga draws Ruth out and the friendship deepens, he becomes jealous. After the women travel to Egypt, Franz has a tirade. Ruth seems crushed between her husband and her friend, and how she responds is the film's climax.
Awards
1983: Berlin Film Festival: Official Selection
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