Sunday, October 21, 2012

Between hope and humiliation

"Und alle haben geschwiegen",
Aspekt Telefilm-Produktion Berlin GmbH, ZDF
1964. Like 800.000 children in post-war Germany, Luisa Keller, a 16-years old illegitimate child, is committed to a religious community home. Being reduced to a mere number ("84") she spends traumatic years there which she is to speak about, more than 40 years later, in front of a German Bundestag committee. After a whole life spent in the U.S. Luisa has returned to Germany, not only to unveil the shadows of the past but also to meet Paul again, her childhood sweetheart, an orphan in the same home as well.

"And Everyone Was Silent" ("Und alle haben geschwiegen", Aspekt Telefilm-Produktion Berlin, ZDF) may lack subtlety, but it is a grasping, nightmarish story about heartless authorities, about mental and physic abuse, about humanity and love in spite of humiliation and despotism. "Und alle haben geschwiegen" is shocking, brillantly acted and photographed, leaving the audience speechless and disturbed.

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