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Germany, Pale Mother (DVD) Germany, Pale Mother (DVD)

Release date: 25 May 2015


Set during the Third Reich and its aftermath, this lyrical, harrowing tale of love and war is a neglected classic of New German cinema.

Release date: 25 May 2015


Set during the Third Reich and its aftermath, this lyrical, harrowing tale of love and war is a neglected classic of New German cinema.

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Set during the Third Reich and its aftermath, this lyrical, harrowing tale of love and war is a neglected classic of New German cinema.

Hans and Lene scarcely have time to meet and marry before Hans is sent away to fight, leaving Lene to give birth during an air raid and struggle through the war with a baby daughter. Based on director and writer Helma Sanders-Brahms’ mother’s experience, the film explores the devastating impact of politics of family life.

Eva Mates (Lene) gives a brilliant, fearless performance, with the film casting a powerful emotional spell which is intensified by a delicate, plaintive piano score. German critics savaged the film at its premiere, baulking at its ‘subjective’ female take on recent history. Cut by 30 minutes for cinema release, only now has it been restored to its impressive original form and released for the first time on Blu-ray.

Special features:

• Newly remastered presentation of the Director’s Cut
• Original theatrical trailer
Hermann mein Vater (Helma Sanders-Brahms, 1987, 54 mins): fascinating companion piece in which Sanders-Brahms accompanies her father to Normandy, where he was posted with occupying German forces in 1940-41
• Fully illustrated booklet with contributions by Anne Sanders, Erica Carter, Margaret Deriaz and Caren Willig.

Set during the Third Reich and its aftermath, this lyrical, harrowing tale of love and war is a neglected classic of New German cinema.

Hans and Lene scarcely have time to meet and marry before Hans is sent away to fight, leaving Lene to give birth during an air raid and struggle through the war with a baby daughter. Based on director and writer Helma Sanders-Brahms’ mother’s experience, the film explores the devastating impact of politics of family life.

Eva Mates (Lene) gives a brilliant, fearless performance, with the film casting a powerful emotional spell which is intensified by a delicate, plaintive piano score. German critics savaged the film at its premiere, baulking at its ‘subjective’ female take on recent history. Cut by 30 minutes for cinema release, only now has it been restored to its impressive original form and released for the first time on Blu-ray.

Special features:

• Newly remastered presentation of the Director’s Cut
• Original theatrical trailer
Hermann mein Vater (Helma Sanders-Brahms, 1987, 54 mins): fascinating companion piece in which Sanders-Brahms accompanies her father to Normandy, where he was posted with occupying German forces in 1940-41
• Fully illustrated booklet with contributions by Anne Sanders, Erica Carter, Margaret Deriaz and Caren Willig.

Additional Info

Additional Info

SKU 5035673020388
Catalogue Number BFIV2038
Subtitle a film by Helma Sanders-Brahms
Product contents 1 disc
Year 1980
Format DVD
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries West Germany
Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16x9 enhanced)
Colour Colour
Sound Dolby Digital 1.0 mono audio (192kbps)
Subtitles English (optional)
Language(s) German, French
Running time 146 mins
DVD region 2
Certificate 15

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