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Cleaning Ladies Island, The (Putzfraueninsel, Die)

Cleaning Ladies Island, The
Scene from "The Cleaning Ladies Island" (photo courtesy of Relevant Film)

25-year-old Irma's life between cultivated disorientation, a disturbed love life and her enthusisatic balalaika playing in the local gay men's choir has just settled into an amusing form of boredom when she makes a gruesome discovery in her new cleaning job in the villa of the lady judge Dr. Schwartz: old Nelly, the mother-in-law of Dr. Schwartz, is being kept prisoner in a dirty, dark hole of a cellar. In a spontaneous action, Irma frees Nelly from captivity and takes her first to her small roof apartment. But Nelly is scarcely able to stand on her own two feet again than she is rareing to go and turns Irma's life topsy-turvy. Irma doesn't even recognise herself when she finds herself going along with the lively old lady on a deliciously revengeful plot against the criminal judge. At the same time, she seduces Dr Schwartz's cocoa brown adoptive son and ends up being given a million in cash by Nelly as well as the villa where she had previously cleaned. But the only thing is that it is a parting gift because Nelly goes off unexpectedly to Majorca where she wants to fulfil one last beautiful dream from her youth before passing on.

Peter Timm was born in East Germany in 1950. In 1969, he began studies at the East Berlin Drama School. In 1976, he moved to Frankfurt and started working as a writer, actor and director. In 1981, he wrote the screenplay for the award-winning Meier, which he filmed four years later. His other films include: Fifty Fifty (1988), Go, Trabi, Go (1991), Manta - der Film (1991), Pauline In Between (Ein Mann fuer jede Tonart, 1992), Simply Love (Einfach nur Liebe, 1993), Rudy, The Racing Pig (Rennschwein Rudi Ruessel, 1995), The Cleaning Ladies Island (Die Putzfraueninsel, 1996), Dumm gelaufen (1996), Ferkel Fritz (TV, 1997), Millennium Love (TV, 1998), Der Zimmerspringbrunnen (2001), Familie XXL (2002), My Brother is a Dog (Mein Bruder ist ein Hund, 2004), Rudy - The Return of the Racing Pig (Rennschwein Rudi Ruessel 2, 2006), and Beloved Berlin Wall (Liebe Mauer, 2009).
Genre Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 1996
Director Peter Timm
Screenplay Peter Timm, Hansjörg Thurn
Cinematography Fritz Seemann
Vera Burnus
Detlef F. Petersen
Cast Jasmin Tabatabai
Producers Heike Wiehle-Timm, Herbert Rimbach
Production Companies Relevant Film, AVISTA Film/Munich, in co-production with Olga Film/Munich
Length 96 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Sound Technology Dolby SR, Dolby Stereo
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, BMI
German Distributor Senator Film Verleih/Berlin

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