The Woman and the Stranger

Original title: (Die Frau und der Fremde)
GDR, 1984, 97 min, color
In German; English subtitles

Karl and Richard, two German soldiers captured by the Russians in World War I, become very close friends—so close that Richard shares intimate stories about his wife, Anna. Through these stories, Karl falls in love with her in his thoughts. When Karl escapes and goes to Richard's home, Anna knows he is not her husband. But although she tries to resist Karl’s love, she feels a growing response to him. Then, one day, Richard returns…


This beautifully shot and crafted kammerspiel is based on the novel Karl and Anna by Leonhard Frank. It was the only East German film to ever win the Golden Bear at the West German Berlin International Film Festival.


Shortly after this success, however, the film’s distribution was suspended due to problems with the literary rights. After over 20 years, the film is now finally available again.

Special features:
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  • Biographies & Filmographies
  • Film Interview with Rainer Simon on The Woman and the Stranger (2000)

The Woman and the Stranger

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