A Love in Germany (Eine Leibe in Deutschland)

Institute History

  • 1985 Sundance Film Festival


In his famed war trilogy (A Generation, Kanal and Ashes and Diamonds) Andrzej Wajda examined the effects of the war, The German occupation, and the bitterly ironic fate of the resistance in his Polish homeland. Now he has turned to Germany itself and an illicit love affair between a German housewife (Hanna Schygulla) and a Polish laborer who works in her shop. Their passion, set against the terror and repression of the Nazi regime, is treasonous and punishable by death; their betrayal is inevitable but the ultimate resolution is shocking. The history and tragedy of this relationship is told by Wajda in the form of an investigation some 20 years later, drawing upon recollections of the horror, memories long forgotten, a striving for forgiveness and the impulse for vindication. As usual, Wajda’s direction is deft and the cinematography by Igor Luther is particularly vivid in imaging the cruelty of Nazi rule. Hanna Schygulla is simply outstanding in her most complex and passionate role to date.

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