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Section: Apollo - Cinema Memories
Country: West Germany 
Year: 1980

 

Deutschland bleiche Mutter (Germany, Pale Mother)

color/ 123 minutes

Director: Helma Sanders-Brahms. Screenplay: Helma Sanders-Brahms. Cinematographer: Jürgen Jürges. Editing: Elfi Tillack, Uta Periginelli. Music: Jürgen Knieper. Cast:  Eva Mattes, Ernst Jacobi, Elisabeth Stepanek, Angelika Thomas, Rainer Friedrichsen, Gisela Stein, Fritz Lichtenhahn, Anna Sanders, Miriam Lauer, Sonja Lauer.

A perfectly normal love story - except that it takes place in Germany at a certain time: during the Nazi era and the Second World War and into the 50s. A man, a woman, a child. He is a soldier in the German army. She has to endure the bombings and the final flight from her home with her child on her shoulders, or hand in hand, making their way through the woods in the snow. Spring comes. The woods are full of dead bodies. The woman endures rape and the privations of the post-war years to build up her marriage again - only to break down in the end, like the whole brittle edifice of family bliss for which all three have waited so long - father, mother and child.

Production:
Helma Sanders-Brahms Filmproduktion (Berlin), Literarisches Colloquium Berlin e.V. (Berlin), Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) (Köln)

Helma Sanders-Brahms


Helma Sanders-Brahms was born on November 20, 1940 in Emden, Lower Saxony, Germany. She was a director and writer, known for Germany Pale Mother (1980), Laputa (1986) and My Heart Is Mine Alone (1997). She died on May 27, 2014 in Berlin, Germany.

 

 

 

Filmography:

1975 Under the Beach's Cobbles
1977 Heinrich
1980 Germany Pale Mother
1981 Die Berührte
1982 Die Erbtöchter
1984 Flügel und Fesseln
1986 Laputa
1988 Manöver
1988/I Felix (segment "Er am Ende")
1992 Apfelbäume
1997 My Heart Is Mine Alone
2003 Die Farbe der Seele
2008 Geliebte Clara