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My Mother, My Bride and I (zweite Frau, Die)

My Mother, My Bride and I
Scene from "My Mother, My Bride and I" (photo © sperl+schott film GmbH)

Of course it's crazy: going to Bucharest to meet prospective wives chosen from a catalogue. But it's OK with Erwin, in his early 40s, who knows little of life and even less of women. Up to now, the only woman in his life has been his mother. In the day, he runs the family gas station with her. In the evening, he watches TV with her. Life in the sticks doesn't offer much more. A wife is what he needs! But Erwin is momma’s boy, and she isn't into sharing. This becomes distressingly clear to Irina, the shy young woman Erwin brings back from Bucharest with him. He has three weeks to decide whether he wants to "keep" her. As his mother sharpens her claws, Irina metamorphoses from gray mouse to enterprising, life-loving dynamo. She opens up a bar at the gas station, bringing color and life to the drab mother-son couple. It's a bit too much for Erwin, who has trouble coping with Irina's inexplicable moods and demands, her sexuality, her womanhood. And when his mother dies, Erwin realizes how helpless and alone he is. He needs Irina more than ever. The only problem is, she's gone back to Romania...


Hans Steinbichler was born in 1969 in Solothurn/Switzerland. He studied Law in Passau and Film at the University of Television & Film in Munich. His films include: ABSTIEG (short, 1996), MONO (short, 1998), VERSPIEGELTE ZEIT - ERINNERUNGEN VON ANGELIKA SCHROBSDORFF (documentary, 1999), DIE GERMANIKER - RÖMISCH-DEUTSCHE KARRIEREN (documentary, 2000), HIERANKL (2003), DER MORALIST - VITTORIO HOESLE ENTDECKT AMERIKA (documentary, 2003), INSELN IM CHIEMSEE (documentary, 2003), WINTER JOURNEY (WINTERREISE, 2005), AUTISTIC DISCO (2007), MY MOTHER, MY BRIDE AND I (DIE ZWEITE FRAU, 2007), and PROMISING THE MOON (DAS BLAUE VOM HIMMEL, 2011).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2007
Director Hans Steinbichler
Screenplay Robert Seethaler
Cinematography Christian Rein
Christian Lonk
Antek Lazarkiewicz
Andrea Douglas
Cast Maria Popistasu, Matthias Brandt, Monica Bleibtreu
Producer Gabriela Sperl
Production Company sperl+schott film/Munich, in co-production with WDR, ARTE, EOS Entertainment/Oberhaching
Length 95 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Toronto 2008, Warsaw 2008, Hamptons 2008
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

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