The Nasty Girl (1990)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB

Original title:  Das Schreckliche Madchen

West Germany, 1990.  , , .  Screenplay by Michael Verhoeven.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , Michael Verhoeven.  Music by , , , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Fantastic film that works as an intellectual mystery. A high school student () decides to do a research project on the small town she lives in, focusing on the town’s participation in World War II when the country was under Nazi control. What she discovers are deep, dark secrets that no one in town will admit to or discuss, turning her simple project into a dangerous mission.  The years go by and Stolze’s determination to find out the truth is unwavering despite the fact that the townspeople have begun to turn on her and her family in an effort to silence her once and for all. Michael Verhoeven does a fantastic job of bringing out the juicy, detective-style plot to the forefront without sacrificing the deep, probing issues that lurk closely beneath the surface.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Foreign Language Film

Berlin Film Festival Award:  Best Director (Michael Verhoeven)

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Foreign Language Film

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