Die Alptraumfrau (1981)

Run Time - 86 min.  |   Countries - West Germany  |  
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Lothar Lambert wrote, directed, produced, photographed, and edited this avant-garde film in the primitive "naive" genre, which stars, along with other local Belin talent, Beate Meitner as Ulrike "S." Bern Lubowski is Ulrike's ex-husband, a man who abuses her until she finally leaves him, and Christoph Wellemeyer plays her younger son whose mission in life is to torment his mother. In addition to mistreatment at the hands of men who are the closest to her, Ulrike suffers through three operations on one eye, and a temporary boyfriend who is a crashing bore. This combination of intolerables puts her on the edge of a nervous breakdown, yet when she seeks help from psychiatrists and doctors they also fail her, needing help themselves. Ulrike has sexual desires that are detailed in nude scenes, but she is the nightmare lady of the film's title, with real nightmares at night and the makings of nightmares during the day. All these elements combine in the end, to bring her story to its emotive conclusion.

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abuse, boyfriend, doctor/nurse, ex-husband, mental-illness, psychiatry, son