Die Dicke Tilla (1983)

Genres - Children's/Family  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - West Germany  |  
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The two little female protagonists in this film both show an ingrained stubborn streak when it comes to bending to anyone else's will, and both have less-than-ideal personal lives. Tilla (Carmen Sarge) is chubby, bossy and brash, and has most of her fifth-grade classmates by the throat. Anna (Jana Mattukat) is skinny, shy, and forever fantasizing about a magic land where she can travel to the Milky Way. When Tilla and Anna clash at school, neither gives in to the other. But one day, Tilla ruins Anna's bike, and the teacher forces her to set things right, or else. Anna, in the meantime, has been so humiliated by Tilla that she cannot go home and face her family, and when she tries to hide out under a bridge, Tilla comes along and scolds her because she is upsetting her mother and she should not do that. Tilla herself has no mother. Finally, the two antagonistic children end up stranded in a hayloft, and though their disagreements seem certain to continue, a sneaking appreciation of each other's chutzpah mellows out their differences.

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bully, childhood-adventures, enemy, humiliation, stranded, stubbornness