"No Mercy, No Future"
Directed by Helma Sanders-Brahms
on a series of letters written by a schizophrenic woman named Rita G., No
Mercy No Future (Die Beruhrte) is Helma Sanders-Brahms'
controversial film about the troubled daughter (Elisabeth Stepanek) of
uncaring bourgeoisie parents. Without proper psychiatric treatment for her
unearthly visions, she prowls the streets along the Berlin Wall at night in
search of God, but settles for the company of strange, exiled men. "Is it
merely a farrago of sexual and hallucinatory images of great skill, or is it
a work of multi-layered complexity, crowded with religious emblems,
politico-historical allegory, scathing social attack and compassion?" (The
Faber Companion to Foreign Films). Winner of the Sutherland Trophy at
the British Film Institute Awards. German with English subtitles.