Die bleierne Zeit (1981)
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Politics at the core of this intense and emotional depiction of fraternal love, support and the search for 'the' truth...
And sometimes dismantling the intricate apparatus of power is of not use, perhaps a depressing view but an accurate one, as Marianne's dubious dead hints.
Apart from the dark glimpse on systems of power in modern society that the film shows, it was such a delight to enjoy the astonishing performances of these two women, the casting of their younger selves (as teenagers and little girls) was spot on. I could relate better with Juliane's approach to women's right conviction, but something tells me that perhaps to achieve greater advances Marianne's fire for the cause is what is needed at times. For me, Marianne's conviction as an adult, and cheeky behavior as a young woman was enticing and contagious, but Juliane's gentle soul was lovely and engaging, the cause for her is built from woman to woman, with sorority at the center, supporting each other, establishing strong bonds, and for that same reason I think her role is even a little more hopeful.
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This movie ranks #23 in Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion
This movie ranks #31 in Lola Award - Best German Film
This movie ranks #68 in BBC's The 100 Greatest Films Directed by Women
This movie ranks #76 in Kinemathekverbund's The 100 Most Important German Films
This movie ranks #256 in Harvard's Suggested Film Viewing: Narrative Films
This movie ranks #329 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000