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Following a nervous breakdown, Rita Seidel returns to the village of her childhood. She has been told to get some proper rest. She wants to regain her strength and uses this period of convalescence to mull over her past.
She met Manfred Herrfurth, a chemist ten years her senior, and fell irresistibly in love with him precisely because his mind was so utterly unlike her own. He was uncommonly intelligent and a keen observer of both people and things. Rita is a natural, open-minded person, full of expectations for the future. Herrfurth, on the other hand, has become cynical as a result of bitter experience. Rita moves to town to live with her lover, to begin a new life as it were and to become a teacher. Many things are new and thrilling; town life itself as well as her work. But living with Manfred turns out very differently from what she originally dreamt of. He is embittered and after seeing a chemical process which he has developed and whose realisation he has pinned his hopes on rejected, he becomes totally discouraged and leaves for West Berlin. He is convinced that Rita will follow him. But she does not. Being separated from him, taking leave of her great love, triggers a psychological crisis and breakdown. Of course, some wounds will remain, but Rita is a strong woman who will overcome this crisis.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1964
Director Konrad Wolf
Screenplay Gerhard Wolf, Christa Wolf, Konrad Wolf
Cinematography Werner Bergmann
Helga Krause
Hans-Dieter Hosalla
Cast Eberhard Esche, Renate Blume, Hilmar Thate
Production Company DEFA/Berlin
Runtime 110 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Subtitled Versions French, Spanish, English
Sound Technology Mono
Festivals Moscow 2005, Moscow 2012, Muestra de Cine Europeo Ciudad de Segovia 2014
German Distributor PROGRESS Film-Verleih/Berlin

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