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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.

Hermine Huntgeburth

Germany 1991


73’ · Colour · 35 mm

Rating R16


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


Hermine Huntgeburth
Hermine Huntgeburth, Volker Einrauch
Bernd Meiners
Renate Merck
Karsten Günther
Alf Olbrisch
Art Director
Katharina Wöppermann
Wolfgang Kalk
Volker Einrauch, Hermine Huntgeburth, Lothar Kurzawa
Commissioning Editor
Eberhard Scharfenberg

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