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Beautiful Women (Schoene Frauen)

Beautiful Women
Scene from "Beautiful Women" (photo © Roland Willaert)

Five beautiful women. Five talented actresses. One night and a thousand drinks.

They meet at a casting for a TV movie. At first they size each other up, but soon they start talking – about the screenplay, about their reasons to act in the film, about their private lives. By now they realize that none of them really wants the acting job, so they follow the spur of the moment and together they leave to escape their frustrations for a day.

Dana’s secretly kept pregnancy will soon unable her to work as an actress. Barbara is growing all the more suspicious that the man she loves will leave her. Kandis is having a complicated affair, while Geno likes women, which doesn’t make life easier for her. And yet none of them realizes the strong desperation that is leading Karin to an unforeseen and final decision.

Somehow these five women are not able to break away from each other, so what started as a day-trip becomes a journey into the night. And in the course of this night, longings, hopes and fears are gradually revealed.


Sathyan Ramesh was born in West Berlin in 1968 and has worked as a director, writer and editor and also teaches directing and film theory. His portraits, interviews and film criticisms are published in film and culture related magazines. Ramesh has been working on the development of various productions for cinema and TV such as First Kiss and The Attorney's Guest. Beautiful Women (Schoene Frauen, 2003) marks his directorial debut.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2003
Director Sathyan Ramesh
Screenplay Sathyan Ramesh
Cinematography Thomas Merker
Andrea Mertens
Queen Bee
Cast Floriane Daniel, Julia Jaeger, Caroline Peters, Clelia Sarto, Ulrike C. Tscharre
Producer Roland Willaert
Production Company D & D Film & Fernsehproduktion/Huerth, in co-production with NDR/Hamburg, ARTE
Length 87 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2003
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

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