A Free Woman : Summary

Length: 101 Min. Format: 35mm Colour

Premiere (IT): Sep 1972, Venedig, IFF

Awards:
German Critics’ Prize 1972
IFF Chicago 1973 (Golden Hugo)
Brüssel 1973 (Prix Femina)
IFF Karlovy Vary 1974 (Prize of the Workers)


"A Free Woman records the losing battle a divorced woman in her thirties fights in Munich to attain belated self-fulfillment. The die is cast in a briskly impersonal society geared to male dominance and early training for career women. This attractive, capable young woman, needing love and encouragement, determinedly sidesteps her former slot of housewife, studies voice and dance, takes on subordinate jobs and painfully maneuvers with her former husband (a cold fish who shrewdly remarries) for child custody.

All this is quietly and beautifully projected by an unobtrusive camera and stunningly personified by the feeling, low-key performance of Margarethe von Trotta in the central role.”

(New York Times)