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Im Kreise der Lieben

The Terrible Threesome

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Grandmother, mother, granddaughter – the Grund family is nothing if not high functioning. Maria, the youngest, travels the land relieving willing men of their money with a marriage con. Her mother Getrud makes sure that Maria looks perfect and contributes an emotional note to their family life, while senior citizen Emmi manages their finances in the kitchen. When the stress gets too much for the trio, they relax with an evening game of rummy. But then Maria meets a fellow con artist who is out for revenge, and Getrud falls in love with one of the marks Maria has fleeced and invites him into the household, putting the survival of their testosterone-free family idyll at serious risk … Hermine Huntgeburth placed the focus of her black comedy on a woman who uses self-assured roleplaying to fulfil the desires men project onto her. Those imputed feelings are in stark contrast to the entirely “unfeminine” behaviour the women display when they need to defend the autonomy of their women’s alliance – if necessary with a rolling pin or a frying pan. An antic film that uses calculated exaggeration to make its point.

by
Hermine Huntgeburth

Germany 1991

German

73’ · Colour · 35 mm

Rating R16

With

Barbara Auer
Karin Baal
Ruth Hellberg
Edgar Selge
Wolfgang Rüter
Roland Kenda
Burghart Klaußner
Donata Höffer
Manfred Geier

Crew

Director
Hermine Huntgeburth
Screenplay
Hermine Huntgeburth, Volker Einrauch
Cinematography
Bernd Meiners
Editing
Renate Merck
Music
Karsten Günther
Sound
Alf Olbrisch
Art Director
Katharina Wöppermann
Costumes
Wolfgang Kalk
Producers
Volker Einrauch, Hermine Huntgeburth, Lothar Kurzawa
Commissioning Editor
Eberhard Scharfenberg

Film print: Goethe-Institut e. V., München