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A Woman in Flames Movie Review Summary

Actors: Gudrun Landgrebe, Mathieu Carriere, Hanns Zischler, Gabriele Lafari, Matthias Fuchs

Detailed Plot Synopsis of A Woman in Flames

In "Die Flambierte Frau (A Woman in Flames)", bored and frustrated upper-class housewife Eva (Landgrebe) leaves her arrogant and controlling husband and becomes a pricey call girl in Berlin. For a while a veteran prostitute named Yvonne (Lafari) teaches her the basics. But Eva gets involved with a customer named Chris, who turns out to be a bisexual call boy. She moves into his place, which is spacious enough for both of them to continue their separate occupations on the premises. But Chris becomes as possessive as her husband, and Eva's tension level climbs toward a nervous explosion. Co-writer and director Robert van Ackeren intended to present a metaphor for modern, consumer-obsessed Germany--he's more interested in criticizing capitalism than in sex--and this 1983 film is more provoking and confusing than a satisfying piece of work, but Landgrebe gives the role her all.
This report prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   Gay guys! Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   prostitute Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Main Char. ethnic: (if not US Caucasian)    -   German Woman/class/friends story?    -   woman's story Story of city/rural life?    -   Big City Culture of surrounding area:    -   German

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   prostitute/concubine Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   German

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Germany City?    -   Yes City:    -   wealthy

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   licking    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude female butt    -   seeing nude male butt    -   seeing full frontal--women

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