Until Death Do Us Part
(Bis dass der Tod euch scheidet)
Bis daß der Tod euch scheidet © DEFA-Stiftung, Waltraut Pathenheimer
Scenes from an East German marriage. A young couple, Sonya and Jens, are very much in love. They get married and have a child. When Sonya wants to go back to work after her maternity leave, they clash for the first time; Jens insists that she remain a full-time wife and mother.
Until Death Do Us Part turns an actual police report into a gripping drama, as director Heiner Carow (The Legend of Paul and Paula, Coming Out, The Mistake) explores the depths of his characters’ emotions, which drive the conflict to a catastrophic climax.
The debut film of actress Katrin Saß (Goodbye, Lenin!, 2003).
|2017||Berlin International Film Festival|
|2009||Official Selection, Black + White Ain't Gray Film Series|
"Traditional role models clash with modern concepts of marriage under socialism." —2017 Berlin International Film Festival
“The unsparing frankness with which the director has depicted these scenes from a GDR marriage is most remarkable.”
— Carla Rohde, Tagesspiegel
“Even today, the cruelty in the film is intriguing.”
— Gunnar Decker, Neues Deutschland
“Katrin Saß’ expressive face, her naturalness and her normalcy constitute a charisma from which the audience cannot escape.”
— Ines Walk, film-zeit.de
“A radical tragedy about a young marriage.”
— Heinz Kersten, Deutschlandradio