Monday, October 24, 2011

Scenes of argument and affection

The radio documentary jury, carefully listening. (twb)
Two aged ladies, having been living together for thirty years, and a wide social gap between them: "Die Herrinnen - Szenen einer Zweckgemeinschaft" is a stunning radio piece presented by the Austrian ORF Ö1. It tells the story of the conflictual and complicated, yet close relationship between Christa Hauer-Fruhmann, the former painter and Lady of Lengenfeld Castle, and her housekeeper Maria Moser.

The author, Eva Roither, has seen the ladies over a period of several years. Her documentary is an amazingly vivid painting of the present and the past, of argument and affection, and of mutual dependency.

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