Original title: (Die Beunruhigung)
GDR, 1981, 96 min, b&w
In German; English subtitles

The divorced with a teenage son, attractive Inge (Christine Schorn) is in her mid-30s and fully aware of her self-worth and independence. She is a psychologist and involved with a married man. After a routine check-up, Inge receives an unexpected call from her doctor. She learns she may have a malignant lump in her breast and must have a biopsy the following day. Inge is afraid of the final diagnosis… In the next 24 hours under enormous psychological pressure, she re-evaluates her relationships and her life.


With a powerful, semi-autobiographical script by Helga Schubert, Apprehension is considered by critics to be East Germany’s greatest women's film. Cameraman Thomas Plenert, noted for his documentaries (Winter AdéThe Wall), included black-and-white images of East Berlin life in this low-budget feature film shot exclusively on location and with a cast largely made up of lay actors. The film was seen as an experiment, but turned into a box-office hit.

Special features:

New digitally restored transfer

Biographies & Filmographies

“Dealing with Cancer, Dealing with Love: Power and Hierarchies in the GDR Medical System,” by Sonja E. Klocke, University of Wisconcin

“Letting Reality Speak,” director Lothar Warneke in conversation with film historian Erika Richter

“From Scenario to Film,” by film historian Erika Richter


Screening Rights: 
Educational Streaming

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