Sisters, Or The Balance Of Happiness

  • 1979
  • 1 HR 32 MIN
  • NR
  • Drama

Two sisters, played by Lampe and Gabriel, grow emotionally dependent upon each other in this controlled, detailed study of sibling relations. Lampe is the elder sister, a successful secretary whom university biology student Gabriel worships. When Gabriel commits suicide, Lampe feels a need to fill the void left by her sister's death. She takes up with Frueh,...read more

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Two sisters, played by Lampe and Gabriel, grow emotionally dependent upon each other in this controlled, detailed study of sibling relations. Lampe is the elder sister, a successful secretary whom university biology student Gabriel worships. When Gabriel commits suicide, Lampe feels a

need to fill the void left by her sister's death. She takes up with Frueh, a coworker, and soon develops the same emotional bond that she shared with Gabriel. When Lampe finds her late sister's diary, she discovers that their great dependency may have brought about the suicide, so Lampe breaks off

her new relationship and bravely faces the world alone. The film's message is somewhat obvious, but the actresses carry off their roles with conviction. Director von Trotta brings great care to her treatment of the film's details and intimate moments. Two years later she would direct the similarly

themed GERMAN SISTERS.

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  • Released: 1979
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Two sisters, played by Lampe and Gabriel, grow emotionally dependent upon each other in this controlled, detailed study of sibling relations. Lampe is the elder sister, a successful secretary whom university biology student Gabriel worships. When Gabriel c… (more)

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