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The German Sisters

Die bleierne Zeit

Directed by Margarethe von Trotta
West Germany, 1981


Two sisters are fighting for social change in ’60s Germany, but their means are different. The younger, Marianne, joins the political underground, while Juliane is a journalist. When Marianne is arrested, Juliane visits her in prison. As they grow closer, Marianne is suddenly found dead in her cell.

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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
It contains sharply memorable characterizations and some oddly affecting episodes. And the leading actresses, particularly Miss Lampe, are utterly convincing in their grief, their anger, and their troubled yet enduring love.
April 22, 1982
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