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The German Sisters
(Die bleierne Zeit)

Margarethe von Trotta

Justly considered one of the classics of the New German Cinema movement, The German Sisters tells a prescient and intimate story of Germany. Based on the real life story of the Enslein sisters, it is the purest expression of Margarethe von Trotta’s interest in combining the personal and the political.

Two sisters take diverging paths to emancipation in West Germany. Juliane (Jutta Lampe) is a feminist journalist, arguing for abortion rights; Marianne (Barbara Sukowa) a terrorist revolutionary in a BaaderMeinhof style group. As Marianne’s political activism becomes more dangerous, Juliane is torn between her politics and the need to protect her sister and family. But when Marianne is imprisoned, Juliane is forced to confront the realities and harsh power of the state.