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The Second Awakening of Christa Klages

Das Zweite Erwachen der Christa Klages
Germany, 1978, 93mins, Cert.12A

Film description

Margarethe von Trotta’s solo directorial debut and the film that marked her out as one of the key women writer-directors of the New German Cinema movement, The Second Awakening of Christa Klages is an acutely observed reflection of her favourite theme: the powerful and often mysterious psychic bond among women. 

A young woman (Tina Engel) robs a bank to pay for her daughter’s day-care with the help of her lover. On the run, she is pursued by the police and more ambiguously, by the cashier (Katharina Thalbach) she held at gunpoint. 

Shot on a shoestring budget, The Second Awakening of Christa Klages is one of a handful of contemporary films responding to the events surrounding the contemporary national terrorist collective, the Baader-Meinhof Gang; a topic von Trotta often returned to in her later work. A fascinating and immensely compelling drama, it juxtaposes female relationships and sisterhood with the troubling uses and effects of violence. 

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