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Gesche's Poison (Gesches Gift)

Gesche's Poison

Gesche's Poison is a psychological portrait loosely based on the true story of Gesche Gottfried who became notorious in 19th century Bremen for killing fifteen people with arsenic.

Known by her neighbors and friends as a merciful Christian, loving mother and devoted wife, she poisoned within fifteen years her parents, her brother, two husbands, three children and numerous friends. When caught, she never denied her deeds, but could not give any reason.

Gesche's Poison is a poetical thriller that doesn't present any answers but draws the spectators into Gesche's world: a romantic world of passion, solitude and guilt where the dead are omnipresent.
Genre Thriller
Category Feature
Year of Production 1997
Director Walburg von Waldenfels
Screenplay Walburg von Waldenfels, Christian Frosch
Cinematography Krzysztof Ptak
Christel Orthmann
Peter Ludwig
Cast Stefan Kurt, Antje Westermann, Geno Lechner, Margit Carstensen
Producer Jost Hering
Production Company Jost Hering Filme/Berlin, in co-production with ZDF
Runtime 95 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Montreal 1997, Valladolid 1997, Mar del Plata 1997
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film
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