Relentless Women (2000)

“Relentless Women” is the NDR Television film with Stefanie Stappenbeck and Barbara Philipp in the leading roles, which was broadcast by ARD on Wednesday 12th March 2003 at 20.15. The script was written by Eckhard Theophil and Manfred Stelzer, who also directed the film. “Relentless Women” was produced by Ziegler Film, Berlin and shot in Berlin, on Romo (Denmark) and the island of Sylt.
Fine Holthusen has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of her boyfriend Holger. She has spent the last three years behind bars struggling to remember what happened the night he was killed. She was found guilty on the basis of circumstantial evidence, but now Fine is determined to establish the truth and breaks out of jail with the assistance of her friend, a convicted robber called Luzzi.
The two women, who would seem to have so little in common, first stop off at Luzzi’s old apartment. Her friend Flash, a gambler down on his luck, is living there at the moment. Luzzi guesses that he will soon reveal their presence to the police, since he has always been a rather dubious character. In fact Fine and Luzzi just manage to get away in time.
Fine resolves to return to the scene of the crime in order to establish what really happened. So they both take the train to the north, renting a bungalow in the holiday complex where the murder took place three years ago. Fine, disguised with a black wig and a pair of sunglasses, wanders around and soon finds some memory is returning. She and Holger had argued. Fine went down to the beach and was drinking with three men, locals. Then the men started making advances, and Fine was forced to defend herself... But at precisely this point her memories cease. Luzzi suggests that Fine was probably drugged and raped. During the trial the three men, Henning Jepsen, Wilhelm Lopsien and Bruno Leip, were witnesses for the prosecution. They still live in this seaside resort, and Henning in particular seems to be doing very well; in the meantime he has been able to expand the holiday apartments considerably.
On the first evening here Fine and Luzzi invite Bruno to their bungalow and ply him with drinks. Then Fine reveals to him her true appearance. When he recognizes her he gets a terrible shock, and Luzzi is smart enough to make use of this: she accuses him of having raped Fine. He replies: “Not me!” And in this way he clearly incriminates the other two men.
Armed with this knowledge, Fine and Luzzi come up with a sophisticated plan which will ensure that the real culprits get the punishment they deserve...

Fine Holthusen has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of her boyfriend Holger. She has spent the last three years behind bars struggling to remember what happened the night he was killed. She was found guilty on the basis of circumstantial evidence, but now Fine is determined to establish the truth and breaks out of jail with the assistance of her friend, a convicted robber called Luzzi. The two women, who would seem to have so little in common, first stop off at Luzzi’s old apartment. Her friend Flash, a gambler down on his luck, is living there at the moment. Luzzi guesses that he will soon reveal their presence to the police, since he has always been a rather dubious character. In fact Fine and Luzzi just manage to get away in time. Fine resolves to return to the scene of the crime in order to establish what really happened. So they both take the train to the north, renting a bungalow in the holiday complex where the murder took place three years ago. 

Besetzung

Stefanie Stappenbeck, Barbara Philipp, Konstantin Graudus, Stephan Kampwirth, Andreas Schmidt, Ingo Naujocks u.a.

Stab

Regie
Manfred Stelzer

Drehbuch
Eckhard Theophil / Manfred Stelzer

Kamera
Martin Kukula

Schnitt
Bernd Schriever

Ton
Raoul Grass

Szenenbild
Peter Bausch

Licht
Marc Kubik

Producer
Dr. Klaus-Rüdiger Mai

Produzent
Regina Ziegler

Redaktion
Doris J. Heinze, NDR

Infos

Sender
ARD

Genre
TV Movie

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