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Woman in Flames, A (flambierte Frau, Die)

Eva is a student, but her studies bring her no pleasure and she decides to change her life-style. She gives up her ordinary way of living, “dropping out” in order to be “in”. She becomes a so-called model. She sells her body, not because she is in trouble but because she wants to be independent of and, in fact, dominate men, and because the idea of an ordinary career bores her. She disregards any moral scruples, and is into “freedom and self-expression”. Eva meets Chris who works as a male model. They fall in love and their obsessions begin to grow. The film describes an obsessive love story where love is nothing but a commodity.


Robert van Ackeren was born in 1946. He has always been active in numerous fields of the filmmaking business, including work as a scriptwriter and producer, involvement in film politics, and teaching as a professor of film at the Cologne College of the Arts. His films include: Blondie's Number One (1970), The Other Smile (Das andere Laecheln, TV, 1977), Purity of Heart (Die Reinheit des Herzens, 1979), Deutschland privat (1980), A Woman in Flames (Die flambierte Frau, 1983), The Venus Trap (Die Venusfalle, 1988), and Die wahre Geschichte von Maennern und Frauen (1991).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1983
Director Robert van Ackeren
Screenplay Robert van Ackeren
Cinematography Jürgen Jürges
Cast Gudrun Landgrebe, Matthieu Carrière, Hanns Zischler, Gabriele Lafari
Production Company Robert van Ackeren Film
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English

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