The Practice of Love (1984)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller, Feminist Film  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Austria, West Germany  |  
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Part thriller and part experimental fantasy, this first feature-length film by director Waltraud Hollinger (aka Valie Export) concerns Judith (Adelheid Arndt), a journalist who becomes embroiled in a murder case through one of her two current lovers. When Judith is sent to investigate the peep-show business in Hamburg, she runs into the psychiatrist Dr. Alphons Schlogel (Rudiger Vogler), a former boyfriend who is now a part of a lucrative but illicit gun-running operation. Even though she is already involved with another married psychiatrist, Judith renews her relationship with Alphons. There may be a reason for these two psychiatrists in her life -- Judith has a tendency to garble fantasy and reality together, a trait that could leave the audience slightly confused as well. When Alphons' partner is murdered, Judith is drawn into the case and may be facing more than she can handle.

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danger, battle-of-the-sexes, investigation, investigator, journalism, killing, lover, love-triangle, murder, power-struggle, reporter, suspicion