The Second Awakening of Christa Klages

Film, Thrillers

Time Out says

Few film-makers wear their hearts as openly on their sleeves as Margarethe von Trotta, and her fascination with women (their relationships with each other and their definition - often redefinition - of themselves) is as apparent in this, her first solo feature, as it was in the later The German Sisters or Friends and Husbands. Christa Klages (Engel) is a young mother who turns terrorist and bank robber to prevent the closure of a crêche which she helps to run and her daughter attends. On the run with her friend and sometime lover, Christa is pursued by the police, and more mysteriously by a young woman (Thalbach) who was her hostage in the bank raid. What von Trotta has to say about her women is compelling, and she remains one of the few film-makers to portray terrorists convincingly. But the enigma of the hostage runs through the film as elusively as a character in a dream - vitally important at any given moment, but irritatingly meaningless when taken as a whole - and undermines the conviction of this feminist thriller which is otherwise so gloriously rooted in West Germany's present.


Release details

93 mins

Cast and crew

Margarethe von Trotta
Margarethe von Trotta, Luisa Francia
Tina Engel
Sylvia Reize
Katharina Thalbach
Marius Müller-Westernhagen
Peter Schneider
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