The film presents us parallel and intersecting lives of a mother (Bulle Ogier) and her two daughters (Isabelle Huppert) twin sisters separated at birth. All three deprived of maternal love, unstable and unable of any long-lasting feeling, they pursue the desesperate quest of their origins, finding peace only in sex and provoked dramas… Opera and passion will help bringing them back together, but how could this tragedy have ended in another way than a bloody accomplishment? –Quinzaine des Réalisateurs
Werner Schroeter (born 7 April 1945, Georgenthal, Thuringia) is a German film director and screenwriter, considered one of the most important of his country in the post-war period. He has also worked in film as a producer, cinematographer, editor and actor. In the later function he appeared in several films directed by his friend Rainer Werner Fassbinder, including Beware of a Holy Whore (1971), and a number of theatre productions.
His 1980 film Palermo oder Wolfsburg, telling the story of a Sicilian guest worker in Germany, won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, while his 1991 production Malina was entered into that year’s Cannes Film Festival.
In the 1960s, Schroeter worked with Rosa von Praunheim, who is also gay. Schroeter has also worked as a theater and opera director, in Germany and elsewhere. In the late 1970s Schroeter met the Irish Artist Reginald Gray at a collection of Yves St.Laurent in Paris. Gray painted a portrait of Schroeter. —Wikipedia