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also known as Das zweite Erwachen der Christa Klages

The Second Awakening of Christina Klages1977

  • 3.5
  • passes the bechdel test
Director Margarethe von Trotta's first solo effort is an intense political drama that embraces the theme of closeness between women. Christa is a young mother who, distraught over the prospect that her children's day care center is running out of money, executes a bank robbery with the assistance of her lover Werner and another friend. Werner is killed during the attempt and when it becomes clear that the police are after her, Christa flees to the Portuguese country house of her friend Ingrid, a situation that threatens both women's safety.

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Member Reviews (2)

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A few corrections to the plot synopsis. Werner is not killed during the hold-up, but later. The uncomfortable dynamic between Christa and Werner after the robbery is one of the most compelling sequences of the film. Also, her friend Ingrid is also German, and provides one of the "safe-houses" for Werner and Christa before Christa flees to Portugal (where Ingrid later joins her). Lots of psycho-sexual tension all around!

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Decent story, but it moves so slow you actually lose interest. Sitting through this whole film was like getting a filling....it seems to never end.