Choppy direction, rather disappointing. I hate to think that this woman could have been as humorless as this film. My favorite parts were the scenes with her cat. I liked the cat. Recommended for those who have an infinite appetite for very dry Socialist polemic, which is most of what this film consists of: Socialist polemic which isn't half as entertaining as a Bernie Sanders speech.
A bit confusing as it is presented in a non-chronological way,as in a literary piece.RL appears here in various political contexts,through casual life or in a relations with friends and lovers. I must be one of those who loves "dry socialist discourses" in which RL is profetic (on war) or lucid (on Russian suffering,revolution creating unions).You need a brisk info on the political characters that appear (eg Kautsky)
Another instance of 'Wikipedia article in motion'. Very little motion in this case, since it's mostly speeches, alternating with prison walls. Sukowa did what she could, but von Trotta should have tried harder.