A really harrowing look at the domestic pain and horrors of war, and its impact on Germany, both during and after World War II. Devastatingly hard to watch at times, but finely made. Nice to see a woman's perspective, when we have so many male perspectives already.
One of the landmark film sof New German cinema this Brechtean surgical operation on Germany's tragic leap into the void of National Socialism, makes brilliant use of the organic pollution of the (social) body, yet manages to rescue the dignity of Lene (and Germany), in spite of its self-inflicted monstrous metamorphosis. With no concessions at times and with a great E. Mattes, this is uncompromising and bold cinema!
D'une grande rigueur politique, brechtienne jusqu'au bout des ongles (poème de l'auteur en exergue du film, commentaires en voix-off de la fille de l'écrivain) cette oeuvre puissante et distanciée, à mettre en parallèle avec certains opus de Fassbinder, nous présente un excellent moment d'histoire et un subtil plaisir cinématographique... www.cinefiches.com
The effects of war are never as harrowing as they are in this story of a young woman who must go through hell and back in order to survive with her young child. It is refreshing to see a war film about a woman directed by a woman, and it truly underscores not only the weight that women must carry at all times, but also their ability to carry on living once hardship seems to have ended.