A young couple with existential dilemmas find happiness when they meet LDS missionaries and are baptized. Their troubles, however, return and the husband commits suicide. The wife remarries another Latter-day Saint and moves, five children in tow, to Utah in a pessimistic ending.
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Never has the Nouvelle Vague looked so refreshingly disjunctive as in this astonishing feature by Reitz. At a deeper level an allegory about Germany's abandonment of idealism for US pragmatism, it conveys with superb narrative flow and distantiation devices the retreatism of a husband vis-à-vis the nearly pathological drive for love of his beautiful young wife. A masterpiece of visual form and explosive content.