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Friends and Husbands / Sheer Madness

Friends and Husbands / Sheer Madness

A Feature film by Margarethe Von Trotta

Release in France : 19/10/1983

    Synopsis

    Olga and Ruth become friends. Olga is independent, separated from her husband, living with an immigrant pianist, and teaching feminist literature. Ruth is withdrawn, a painter, possibly mentally ill. Ruth dreams in black and white, sometimes of her suicide. Olga lectures on a 19th-century writer, von Günderrode, a suicide after the breakup of her intense friendship with Bettina Brentano. Ruth's husband Franz encourages the women's friendship, then, as Olga draws Ruth out and the friendship deepens, he becomes jealous. After the women travel to Egypt, Franz has a tirade. Ruth seems crushed between her husband and her friend, and how she responds is the film's climax.

    Actors (5)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Co-production :

    Les Films du Losange

    French distribution :

    Gaumont

    Foreign production company :

    Bioskop Film

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country

    Full credits (8)

    Producer :

    Margaret Menegoz

    Foreign Producer :

    Eberhard Junkersdorf

    Production Manager :

    Régis Wargnier

    Music Composer :

    Nicolas Economou

    Screenwriter :

    Margarethe Von Trotta

    Director of Photography :

    Michael Ballhaus

    Editor :

    Dagmar Hirtz

    Location managers :

    Patrick Delabrière, Fabienne Faudot-Bel

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama

    Themes :

    Friendship

    Coproducer countries :

    France, Germany

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Production year :

    1983

    French release :

    19/10/1983

    Runtime :

    1 h 45 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    56083

    Visa issue date :

    16/03/1983

    Approval :

    Unknown

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Audio format :

    Mono

    Posters (2)

    Director

    Festival Selections

    Berlin International Film Festival - 1983

    Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 1983)

    Selection

    Official Competition

    Awards

    Berlin International Film Festival - 1983

    Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 1983)

    Awards

    OCIC Award - Recommendation