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Germany Pale Mother (1980)

Deutschland bleiche Mutter (original title)
Germany 1939. Hans and Lene marry the day before the war breaks out, and Hans is sent to the Eastern front. During a bombing raid their daughter Anna is born. The house is destroyed and ... See full summary »
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Helene
Ernst Jacobi ...
Hans
Elisabeth Stepanek ...
Hanne
Angelika Thomas ...
Lydia
Rainer Friedrichsen ...
Ulrich
Gisela Stein ...
Aunt Ihmchen
Fritz Lichtenhahn ...
Uncle Bertrand
Anna Sanders ...
Anna
Sonja Lauer ...
Anna
Miriam Lauer ...
Anna
Gabriele John
Johanna Karl-Lory
Ursula Ludwig
Lisa Örter
Jeanine Rickmann
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Germany 1939. Hans and Lene marry the day before the war breaks out, and Hans is sent to the Eastern front. During a bombing raid their daughter Anna is born. The house is destroyed and Lene and Anna moves in with relatives in Berlin. Hans survives the war but he is not the same person as in 1939, and he and Lene find it difficult to live together again. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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26 September 1980 (West Germany)  »

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The film is semi auto-biographical and is based on Helma Sanders-Brahms's parents. See more »

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Featured in Die Nacht der Regisseure (1995) See more »

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Deeply Depressing
6 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

This movie reminded me of a caricature by Sempé: a crowd leaving a cinema, an utterly depressed look on all their faces. Seeing this, a young man cueing at the box office says to his girl friend: "wow, this must be a really good movie!".

"Deutschland, bleiche Mutter" is a very bleak movie, more interesting as a document of the generation born around the war years than of the war years themselves. If that's what you're looking for, you have struck gold. Otherwise be warned, it is not a movie for the easily depressed (or easily bored, for that matter).


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