When Susanne Wallner returns home from a concentration camp in 1945, she finds the city of Berlin in total ruins. What’s more, the traumatized and cynical surgeon Dr. Mertens has occupied her apartment and refuses to leave.
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One of the first films shot in the ruined streets of post war Berlin portrays German war guilt in a melodramatic manner but with an undeniable power that kicks like a mule. Knef, in her first starring role, plays a concentration camp survivor sharing her apartment with a guilt-ridden doctor who has turned to alcohol as a coping mechanism. An essential and absorbing document of a defeated nation in its darkest hours..