"Sisters, or the Balance of
Directed by Margarethe von Trotta
Von Trotta's stunning
story of two sisters: the orderly and efficient Maria (Jutta Lampe), and the dependent and
resentful Anna (Gudrun Gabriel), who studies biology at university while Maria foots the
tuition and bills. Though they are physical and emotional opposites, they can live neither
with nor without each other. When Anna commits suicide, Maria attempts to reinvent Anna
through Miriam, a lively typist in the office secretarial pool, who obliges Maria to weigh
the balance inside herself instead of searching out opposite types to stabilize her needs.
"Beautifully visualized, intelligently written, von Trotta's movie is a stunning
achievement" (Carrie Rickey, Village Voice). German with English subtitles.