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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eva Mattes ... Helene
Ernst Jacobi ... Hans
Elisabeth Stepanek Elisabeth Stepanek ... Hanne
Angelika Thomas Angelika Thomas ... Lydia
Rainer Friedrichsen Rainer Friedrichsen ... Ulrich
Gisela Stein Gisela Stein ... Aunt Ihmchen
Fritz Lichtenhahn Fritz Lichtenhahn ... Uncle Bertrand
Anna Sanders Anna Sanders ... Anna
Sonja Lauer Sonja Lauer ... Anna
Miriam Lauer Miriam Lauer ... Anna
Gabriele John Gabriele John
Johanna Karl-Lory Johanna Karl-Lory
Ursula Ludwig Ursula Ludwig
Lisa Örter Lisa Örter
Jeanine Rickmann 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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Drama | History | War

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German | French | English

Release Date:

26 September 1980 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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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slow and depressing
21 July 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's right before WWII in Germany. Lene is a rather plain pensive girl and her dark hair makes her less desirable in the race obsessed country. She meets kind Hans and they get married. Hans is conscripted and sent to the front. Lena gives birth to their daughter Anna. Life is a struggle in war-torn Germany. The couple struggles to remain connected. After the war, they try to return to normal but then she suffers a facial paralysis.

The movie is much too slow at the start. It doesn't really pick up the pace but at least, there is a bit more tension with the war going on. The leads are not terribly charismatic but that's kind of the point. The production and the old war footage leave the movie with a slightly unreal feel. It's a depressing movie.


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