Sisters, Or the Balance of Happiness
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Von Trotta's stunning story of two sisters: the orderly and efficient
Maria (Jutta Lampe), and the dependent and resentful Anna (Gudrun
Gabriel), who studies biology at university while Maria foots the
tuition and bills. Though they are physical and emotional opposites,
they can live neither with nor without each other. When Anna commits
suicide, Maria attempts to reinvent Anna through Miriam, a lively
typist in the office secretarial pool, who obliges Maria to weigh the
balance inside herself instead of searching out opposite types to
stabilize her needs. "Beautifully visualized, intelligently written,
von Trotta's movie is a stunning achievement" (Carrie Rickey, Village
Voice). German with English subtitles.