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MALOU

Germany 1981

35 mm, colour, 94 min, German with English, French and Spanish subtitles


Summary:

Two life stories. That of Malou, a French woman, married to a German Jew, a refugee stranded in South America: a picture of the pre-war generation reflected in the unusual destiny of an individual woman. And that of Hannah, an alert, independent, modern woman, seeking after freedom and her own identity, and trying in present-day Berlin to save her shaky marriage.
Two love stories. Malou and Paul, the nostalgic fairytale: a dream couple - rich and romantically in love - a love story that can only end in tragedy. And Hannah and Martin: a recognizably real married couple with all the acute problems of any contemporary two-person relationship. Two women, two love stories: mother and daughter, two lifes that sometimes mirror one another, frequently cross, and constantly complement one another.


Press comments:

"The values of 'Malou', the first feature to be written and directed by Jeanine Meerapfel, a German film maker, reveal themselves unexpectedly, much like those of a friendship with someone who initially seems demanding and self-centered but whose genuine decency and intelligence become evident with time."
The New York Times, New York (December 22, 1983)

" The film is beautifully played by Ingrid Caven as Malou and Grischa Huber as her daughter, and handled by Meerapfel with the kind of insight that seems to come from a long and personal battle with the demons of her own life. "
The Guardian, London (June 9, 1983)

"... Jeanine Meerapfel révèle, on lá vu, une grande maîtrise dans la direction d´acteurs ..."
Libération, Paris (Louella Interim, May 21, 1981)

 

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Director and script:
Jeanine Meerapfel
   
Photography:
Michael Ballhaus
   
Sound:
Gunter Kortwich
   
Editing:
Dagmar Hirtz
   
Cast:
Ingrid Caven, Grischa Huber, Helmut Griem, Ivan Desny
   
Production:
Regina Ziegler- Filmproduktion GmbH
   
Awards:
International Critic Award - FIPRESCI, Cannes 1981, 1st Prize ("Alfonso Sánchez") and Mention of the International Catholic Film Organization, San Sebastián 1981, 1st Prize Chicago 1981
   
   
   
Film Festivals:
New York (New directors), Taormina, Montreal, Sidney, Thessaloniki, London, Istanbul, etc.
   
   
Distribution:
DVD edition (a selection of films by Jeanine Meerapfel)
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