Verena Angenford, the beautiful and sensible wife of a powerful banker falls in love with the 21 year old school-boy Oliver Mansfeld. They start a love affair, believing that Verna's ... See full summary »
This surprisingly modern and elegantly directed film is by far one of the best post-war German melodramas and could easily be compared with "Love story", which clearly had an influence on this film. Leaving out most of the critical elements the novel had in its portrayal of West-Germany's post war society and updating the story to the early seventies the films lacks the historical relevance of the book, but leaves more room for an exercise in style and emotion. Performances are all excellent and it is a pity that newcomer Malte Thorsten did not get another chance in the German cinema of the seventies. Judy Winter is perfect as the initially reserved, then more and more enamored wife and Herbert Fleischmann gives an impressive portrait of well-mannered evil, very much in the tradition of Hitchcock and Chabrol. The main musical theme by Erich Ferstl is catchy and the hand-held camera superb. Unfortunately, most German critics of the time were focusing only on the works of Fassbinder, Schloendorff and Herzog, but the film was a big hit in the theaters, sold well internationally and earned Malte Thorsten a well-deserved German film award.