Marianne and Juliane

Marianne and Juliane ★★★★½

This film portrays sisterhood through the eyes of females and does not pander to the male gaze whatsoever. The women undressing are doing it for each other or for themselves, never for the beauty of what they are doing. Normality is presented as nothing more than itself here, which is an entirely refreshing break from the spectacle Holywood makes of it all. Looking back at the German past through the lens of two sisters fighting for women’s rights in strictly opposing ways makes for a film that challenges many different social and moral questions including those of gender and war. A story of fairly normal, unglamorous people living their lives presents the film almost like a documentary and does not dramatise anything more than it needs to.