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The German Sisters

Die bleierne Zeit

Directed by Margarethe von Trotta
West Germany, 1981


Two women in Germany, two sisters, both were born during the war and grew up during the “leaden times” of the 1950s. Marianne and Juliane fight for social change during the 60s, however their means are totally different.

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The German Sisters Directed by Margarethe von Trotta

Critics reviews

It is a highly intelligent and profound story set against the politics of Cold War West Germany, but is as meaningful and poignant today as it was when it was made… The film contains one of the most unforgettably moving yet simple scenes in cinema: Juliane visits her terrorist sister in jail, and in a gesture of affection she swaps her warmer sweater with her freezing little sister’s.
September 07, 2015

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