Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB
Original title: Das Schreckliche Madchen
West Germany, 1990. Filmverlag der Autoren, Sentana Filmproduktion, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen. Screenplay by Michael Verhoeven. Cinematography by Axel de Roche. Produced by Senta Berger, Helmut Rasp, Michael Verhoeven. Music by Lydie Auvray, Billy Gorlt, Mike Herting, Elmar Schloter. Production Design by Hubert Popp. Costume Design by Ute Truthmann. Film Editing by Barbara Hennings.
Fantastic film that works as an intellectual mystery. A high school student (Lena Stolze) 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
Golden Globe Award Nomination: Best Foreign Language Film