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Heller Wahn (1983)




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Hanna Schygulla and Angela Winkler are the stars of the German psychological drama Friends and Husbands. Having both been burned by unhappy relationships with men, Schygulla and Winkler become more and more reliant upon each other. The men in their lives can't come to grips with their strong friendship, and begin writing off Schygulla and Winkler as "oddballs." As in most of her films, writer/director Margarethe von Trotta probes the unspoken human complexities that draw people together. Von Trotta also weaves a political subtext into the proceedings: it isn't immediately obvious, but it's there all the same.


Werner Eichhorn
as Schiesinger
Agnes Fink
as Mother
Felix Moeller
as Christof
Helga Ballhaus
as Gallery Owner
Carla Egerer
as Frau Hansen
Peter Aust
as Hansen
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Critic Reviews for Heller Wahn

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

The men are variously cads, heels, frauds and egoists... the women are enlightened spiritual beings who communicate with meaningful glances (and garrulous glancers they are).

January 3, 2018 | Full Review…

[Margarethe von Trotta's] finest and most dramatically complex film.

February 26, 2020 | Full Review…

How many more accolades can I heap on [Margarethe] von Trotta, the greatest of the great German directors?

September 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Although the characters don't reach the complexity that is expected of Margarethe von Trotta, it doesn't affect the careful mise-en-scène that is characteristic in the filmography of this director. [Full Review in Spanish]

August 29, 2019 | Full Review…

A nuanced drama exploring the values of friendship between women

August 22, 2004 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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