The Second Awakening of Christa Klages

Synopsis: Three people rob a bank to help a day care center that's in debt. Wolf is captured, Werner identified, police suspect Christa is the third. She and Werner ask Hans, a clergyman, to launder the money and give it to the kindergarten. He refuses. They try Ingrid, Christa's friend, who tries to help, but the school rejects the money. When tragedy strikes Werner, Hans helps Christa bolt to a collective in Portugal. Ingrid visits her; their relationship makes the collective nervous, so she returns to Germany and ceases living in hiding. The police are still looking for her and so is a witness to the robbery, Lena, a bank clerk. Lena's interest brings Christa's second awakening.
Genre: Drama
  3 wins & 1 nomination.
88 min



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I had to create

my own jail

before I realized

what had happened to me.

I'd never done much thinking

about myself...

Especially not

in the last few days.

Let me have ten.

That's all.

- Where are you going?

- Don't be impolite.

I'm going

to see a friend.

She's terribly inquisitive.

- Is he your friend?

- Yes, he's my friend, too.

Stop bothering

the nice lady.

You know the most expensive

cars in the world?

Rolls Royce Silver Shadow -

Rolls Royce Corniche

Convertible - 177, 522.

Stutz Blackhawk -

Lincoln Continental Mark III -

Yeah, made specially

for the U.S. President.

There were three of us.

Wolfgang was the youngest.


don't get excited, sir.

I'm perfectly calm.

The two others got away,

but we'll catch them soon.

You used to cry

when I went to the station.

You don't expect me

to do that now, do you?

Don't forget to send us

your sermon.

I think the taxi's come.

I'm all ready.

I've done my best to straighten

things up a little.

You'll be able

to find things easier.

It's summer, couldn't you

wear your hear a little shorter?

Thanks, I can manage.

- See you next month.

- Bye.

- Can I give you a hand?

- Oh, that's very kind, thanks.

You might have thought of it.

Wouldn't have hurt you.

Think they got Wolf?

Hell, at his age I could run

I'll wait here.

If it falls through,

I won't have so far to walk.

- Hello, are you Mr. Grawe?

- Yes.

I'm Christa Klages,

a friend of Wolfgang Prinz...

Really? How is he?

Come in, won't you?

Did Wolfgang find a job?

His parents said

he was just bumming around.

Yes, he found a job...

I wanted to ask

if my friend and I

could stay here tonight...

His parents

live right near.

I'm not here with Wolf...

And they already

turned us down.

I really don't have

enough room.

- We can sleep on the floor.

- No, this is my office!

I can get you a hotel room.

Even pay for it,

if you want.

I sang that cantate once.

Not so nice, though.

We're here

for a special reason.

To talk to you.

The part that's coming up

is especially pretty, I think.

I like it too.

- Just one night, okay?

- All right.

You can come

after my confirmation class.

That's very nice of you.

Because you like

this cantate.

Don't you have

Italian spices?

On the top shelf.

I already looked there.

My mother's been

straightening up again.

Can I move this?

Wait a second.

Oh, sorry.

Aren't you hungry?

We thought

you prayed first.

Is it important to you?

No, not really.

The sisters used

to make us pray

round the clock at school.

Aren't you exaggerating?

No. They used to come in

and wake us up

screaming 'Praise the Lord'.

And we had to get up and answer

'Forever and ever, Amen'.

And grace at every meal:

"May the Lord bless our humble..."

Even Christians jabber

like heathens sometimes...

In Japan they eat this slippery

spaghetti stuff with chopsticks.

He went there as a sailor.

Try it.

It's impossible.

That's why I never got

enough to eat.

Cut it, or you won't

get enough tonight, either.

- Typical kindergarten teacher.

- Do you teach kindergarten?

- Wants to cut everything for you.

- And you're a seaman?

- Ex. Everything's ex with me.

- And what do you do now?

We need your help.

We started a day-care center

three years ago.

We had different ideas

about training children

from the usual kindergarten.

My daughter's in it, too.

At first we had

only the kids

of the people

who started the store.

But then the word got around.

Now we have foreign children,

children of people

who can't take care of them.

- Welfare children...

- I'm afraid I have to go.

But we'll talk about it

when I get back.

We don't have such experiments

here in the country.

I'm going out

for a drink.

I dont know...

What if you

attract attention?

You just dont want me

to go out. Admit it.

I don't care

what you do.

Have you been here long?

Sorry I'm so late.

- Is Werner asleep, too?

- He wanted some nightlife.

- I thought you were together.

- We are.

In what way?

I mean, what kind

of relationship do you have?

You mean, do we sleep

with each other?

Yeah, sometimes.

That sounds uncomplicated.

Enviably so.

Would you like

to hear a cantate?

If you feel like it.

What you said about praying

gave me a good idea.

Read it to me.

Come to church tomorrow

and you can hear it.

I used to masturbate

during the sermon at school.

Do you still?

I don't go to church


What would you do

if you ran out of money

for your youth work?

- Ask the District Board.

- What if they said no?

- I'd ask the city.

- What if the city said no?

I'd go to the parents.

If they didn't

have any money?

I'd think of something.

Now I get it.

You need money

for your kindergarten

and want me to help.

Would you be willing?

Of course.

I always am,

if it's for a good cause.

Hey, wake up!

Where did you get

this money?

What are you

snooping around for?

- We hit a bank.

- Are you serious?

Yes, Hans.

- Get dressed and leave.

- Don't worry, we will.

I knew this would happen.

But first you sign

a money order,

so this money gets

to the people who need it.

We want you to send this

as an official

church contribution.

We can't take it there.

It's too risky.

You want me to pretend

I collected this money for you?

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Margarethe von Trotta

Margarethe von Trotta (born 21 February 1942) is a German film director who has been referred to as a "leading force" of the New German Cinema movement. Von Trotta's extensive body of work has won awards internationally. She was married to and collaborated with director Volker Schlöndorff. Although they made a successful team, von Trotta felt she was seen as secondary to Schlöndorff. Subsequently, she established a solo career for herself and became "Germany’s foremost female film director, who has offered the most sustained and successful female variant of Autorenkino in postwar German film history." Certain aspects of von Trotta’s work have been compared to Ingmar Bergman’s features from the 1960s and 1970s. She says that it was thanks to Bergman's films that she "‘fell in love’ with the medium and its possibilities for representing inner psychic worlds."Von Trotta has been called "the world’s leading feminist filmmaker." The predominant aim of her films is to create new representations of women. Her films are concerned with relationships between and among women (sisters, best friends, etc.), as well as with relationships between women and men, and involve political setting. Nevertheless, she rejects the suggestion that she makes "women’s films". more…

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