A Love in Germany (Eine Liebe in Deutschland) (1983) - Rotten Tomatoes

A Love in Germany (Eine Liebe in Deutschland) (1983)



Critic Consensus: Hanna Schygulla's thoroughly compelling performance isn't quite enough to outweigh A Love in Germany's leaden execution -- but it comes close.

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Based on a non-fiction bestseller of the same name by Rolf Hochhuth, Eine Liebe In Deutschland is about a tragic and forbidden love affair between Stanislaw, a Polish POW (Piotr Lysak) and Paulina (Hanna Schygulla) a fruit-and-vegetable vendor in a small town in Germany along the border with Switzerland. Their affair would have gone undetected except for the busybody women of the village, and when Stanislaw is picked up by a German stormtrooper (Armin Müller-Stahl) and brought in for a mock trial, he is given a chance to prove his racial purity and so perhaps escape execution. As for Paulina, she is ostracized by the villagers and imprisoned for consorting with someone who was not of the same high Aryan caste as herself. Depressing, yet politically relevant to Poland of the early 1980s, this film by acclaimed director Andrzej Wajda) is an effective and emotional statement on the nature of oppression. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi


Hanna Schygulla
as Paulina Kropp
Elisabeth Trissenaar
as Elsbeth Schnittgens
Piotr Lysak
as Stanislaw Zasada
Gérard Desarthe
as Karl Wyler
Ralf Wolter
as Schultze
Otto Sander
as The Narrator
Friedrich Georg Beckhaus
as Zinngruber the Mayor
Gert Holtenau
as Chief Physician
Dieter Kirchlechner
as Mari De Paulina
Jutta Kloppel
as Stepdaughter
Gernot Duda
as Stackmann
Ellen Esser
as Prison Guard
Erika Wackernagel
as Frau Melchior
Ilse Bahrs
as Old Schnittgens
Rainer Basedow
as Stackmann's Son
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Critic Reviews for A Love in Germany (Eine Liebe in Deutschland)

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (11)

While you know it's all going to turn out rather badly, you can't help but be seduced by star Hanna Schygulla.

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Though A Love in Germany may well be about 'ordinary' fascism it fails to measure up to the competition of Germany, Pale Mother and others of that kind.

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[Schygulla] gives what must be called a triumphant performance, one that ranks with the best of her work with Fassbinder, in a film that must be the most romantic ever made by Mr. Wajda.

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The sheer accumulation of contextual detail overwhelms and diminishes the narrative of amour foil at the film's centre.

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Why great directors occasionally deliver an outrageous clunker is anyone's guess, but here's another one for the books -- A Love in Germany, Andrzej Wajda's meditation on the banality of evil, with the emphasis on banality.

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The grim inevitability of the tragedy, which someone like Fassbinder might have enlightened with another of his lessons on "everyday fascism," is treated with a heavier, less convincing hand by Wajda.

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