Germany, Pale Mother

Deutschland, bleiche Mutter
by Helma Sanders-Brahms 2h3min Germany 1979
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Germany, Pale Mother
by Helma Sanders-Brahms

Germany 1939. Hans and Lene marry the day before the war breaks out, and Hans is sent to the Eastern front. During a bombing raid their daughter Anna is born. The house is destroyed and Lene and Anna moves in with relatives in Berlin. Hans survives the war but he is not the same person as in 1939, and he and Lene find it difficult to live together again.

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  • Eva Mattes : Lene
  • Ernst Jacobi : Hans
  • And with: Elisabeth Stepanek, Angelica Thomas, Rainer Friedrichsen


  • Director Helma Sanders-Brahms
  • Scenario Helma Sanders-Brahms
  • Photo director Jürgen Jürges
  • Costume Design Janken Janssen
  • Sound Gunther Kortwich
  • Editing Uta Periginelli, Elfie Tillack
  • Original music Jürgen Knieper
  • Producer Volker Canaris, Walter Höllerer
  • Excutive producer Ursula Ludwig
  • Production Compagny Helma Sanders-Brahms Filmproduktion, Literarisches Colloquium, Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)
  • Distributor Deutsche Kinemathek

Technical information

  • Aspect ratio1.66:1
  • Printed film format16 mm
  • Original sound mixMono
  • Production1979
  • Release date for France01/29/1981
  • CategoryFeature film
  • ColorColors
  • LanguageGerman
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