Two Mothers

Two Mothers  {Zwei Mütter}
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Two Mothers
Zwei Mütter
Germany, 2013, 75 Minute Running Time
Topics: Gay/Lesbian, Political, Woman Director
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: German English Sub-Titles

Given Germany’s reputation as a progressive country when it comes to sexuality and its attendant choices, writer/director Anne Zohra Berrached’s well-researched and perfectly realized docudrama comes as a bit of a shock. For, if you are a lesbian couple looking to have a child, the obstacles put in your path by the state and various interested parties are nearly insurmountable.

Longtime couple Katja, 43, and Isabella, 37 (Sabine Wolf and Karina Plachetka, respectively), learn that their desire to have a child through artificial insemination is more than frowned upon by the medical profession, which cites “legal” problems as a reason. One doctor agrees, but the price is too high for the modest-income couple. They then find a website offering a choice of donors, but the one they choose has strings attached. Meanwhile, the sheer difficulty of their quest is stretching their relationship to breaking point…

Berrached anchors her tale in the outstanding performances of her two leads, both of whom convey a growing desperation that is both deeply moving and profoundly unfair, while many of the other parts are performed by non-professional actors appearing as themselves.

DIRECTOR: Anne Zohra Berrached
Producer: Cosima Maria Degler, Karoline Henkel
Editor: Denys Darahan
Screenwriter: Anne Zohra Berrached
Cinematographer: Friede Clausz
Music: Jasmin Reuter
Principal Cast: Karina Plachetka, Sabine Wolf, Florian Weber, Maarten Van Santen, Tilmann A. Müller, Joachim Weiz
Filmography: Debut Feature


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