Die Gottesanbeterin (2001)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Black Comedy  |   Run Time - 93 min.  |   Countries - Austria, Germany  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Mark Deming

An Austrian housewife discovers a new hobby that's fun, profitable, and lethal in this black comedy. Sixty-ish Trixi (Christiane Hoerbiger) is hardly an ordinary grandmother; she's grown bored with her longtime marriage to loutish Siggi (Klaus Ofczarek), and as a diversion, uses her grocery allowance to gamble. One of Siggi's friends, Karli (Peter Faerber), spies her at the racetrack, and threatens to tell her husband about her hobby; to his surprise, Trixi offers to have sex with him in exchange for his silence. Karli lets slip with a little secret about Siggi -- he has a secret fund of $70,000 that he's been saving without her knowledge. Trixi, already unhappy with her mate, decides this is the last straw, and poisons him in order to get her hands on the money. But Trixi later discovers that Siggi's hidden bankroll was much smaller than Karli had led her to believe, and when a widower asks Trixi for her hand in marriage, she accepts. After locating his nest egg, Trixi soon does away with husband number two, and is prepared to move on to husband number three, good-looking Ulrich (Jan Niklas), when fate throws a few spanners into the works -- Karli begins demanding money to keep quiet about Siggi's "mysterious" death, and Trixi finds she has attracted the attention of Julius (Udo Kier), an artist with a taste for rough sex.



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