Set during the Third Reich and its aftermath, this harrowing tale of love and war is a neglected classic of New German Cinema. Based on acclaimed director Helma Sanders-Brahms' mother's life, the film explores the devastating impact of war on family and relationships. Hans (Ernst Jacobi) and Lene (Eva Mattes) scarcely have time to meet and marry before Hans is sent away to fight, leaving Lene to give birth alone and struggle through the war with a newborn baby daughter.
Hermann mein Vater (Helma Sanders-Brahms, 1987, 54 mins): fascinating companion piece in which Sanders-Brahms accompanies her father to Normandy, where he was posted with occupying German forces in 1940-41
'Germany Pale Mother': Theatrical cut (Helma Sanders-Brahms, 1980, 123 mins): Blu-ray exclusive presentation of the shorter version
Hermann mein Vater (Helma Sanders-Brahms, 1987,57 mins): fascinating companion piece in which Sanders-Brahms accompanies her father to Normandy, where he was posted with occupying German forces in 1940-41
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