Friedliche Tage (1984)

Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - West Germany  |  
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In another 1983 cinematic projection into the future like Pankow 95, director Richard Blank portrays a cold and oppressive German world where a woman is picked up and put into an asylum. The practice in the asylum is to electrocute prisoners in a large restaurant-type setting -- and since the woman has no desire to be publicly zapped into oblivion, she takes up with a guard who has fallen in love with her and the two escape. While away, they travel to various places, and the woman continues to look for her brother -- whom she finds but then sees him apparently commit suicide. All of this, and the rest of the film, move forward by inches at a time, creating a dull effect that dims the story, a story that leaves more than one question mark as to its meaning or purpose.

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brother, captive, captor, electrocution, escape, love, mental-illness, mental-institution, oppression, suicide