Tag Archives: german

Two Mothers / Zwei Mütter (2013) Anne Zohra Berrached, Karina Plachetka, Sabine Wolf, Florian Weber, Drama

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Katja and Isabella decide to have a child. However, like many lesbian couples they soon discover that this is much more difficult than they first imagined. Citing legal reasons, most of the sperm banks and fertility clinics refuse to treat them. Fortunately, they are able to find one doctor willing to help – for a large sum. After a while, Katja decides she wants to call a halt to their ‘project’ on account of the toll it is taking on their relationship, not to mention their beleaguered bank balance. But Isabella refuses to give up. She finds a dealer who sells them a kit allowing them to perform the insemination in the comfort of their own home. There are plenty of men on his website willing to sell their sperm for various sums and sometimes one or two additional conditions. And so they begin ‘casting’ for a potential donor – a process that drags on for several difficult weeks. This fictional story is part experiment and part salutary tale. Containing all manner of sensitive material such as research, statistics, facts, prognoses, dreams and realities, this exciting work charts the vibrant terrain between fiction and reality.

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Die Drei von der Tankstelle / Three Good Friends (1930) Wilhelm Thiele, Willy Fritsch, Lilian Harvey, Heinz Rühmann, Comedy, Musical, Romance

Die Drei von der Tankstelle AKA Three Good Friends (1930)
Returning home from a holiday, three friends – Willy, Kurt and Hans – learn they are bankrupt. Their fortune has evaporated and their possessions are being seized by the bailiffs. Undeterred, the three friends sell their car and open a petrol station, taking turns to man the petrol pump. Each has, as his first customer, Lilian, a beautiful young woman who easily wins his heart. Lilian, however, realises that she loves only one of them. How can she break the bad news to the other two without ruining their friendship?

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The Story of Little Mook / Die Geschichte vom kleinen Muck (1953) Wolfgang Staudte, Thomas Schmidt, Johannes Maus, Friedrich Richter, Family, Fantasy

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An old man living in an oriental city tells the story of his life to a group of kids: He too was once a young boy by the name of Little Muck – much like them, but with better manners and a heap of problems. Having lost his father at early age, little Muck is expelled from home by his greedy relatives. He wanders off into the desert hoping to find the merchant who sells good fortune. Amidst the dunes of sand he comes across a small house owned by a wicked woman and her many cats. She wants to make Little Muck her servant, but he manages to escape by stealing a pair of magic shoes which enable him to run faster than any man in the country. From there he heads right into the next set of challenges…

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What Will Become of You / Was soll bloß aus dir werden (1984) Horst Flick, Michael Karnowsky, Peter Seum, Anita Lochner, Drama

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In this 1984 West German film, a 12 year-old street kid in a slum of Berlin struggles to stay afloat through a commitment to his compassionate teacher and ambivalent classmates, aged 11-14, who also bear the harsh marks of impoverishment, which manifest themselves in peer ruthlessness and disrespect of adults. Film contains frequent profanity, alcoholism, mild crime and peer violence, brief male nudity.

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Kameradschaft / Comradeship (1931) Georg Wilhelm Pabst, Alexander Granach, Fritz Kampers, Ernst Busch, Drama

Kameradschaft (Georg Wilhelm Pabst, 1931)
An old German mine was split in two after the end of WWI because of where the new border was located. In the French part a fire breaks out; the German miners send a rescue group in, helping their French comrades. Three old German miners, who were not treated friendly at a French inn the night before, start their own private rescue through an old tunnel that separated the two mines. Will the official rescue party realize there are others left behind in time to save them?

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