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Die Putzfraueninsel (1996)

Irma Caspari has dropped her studies and now tries to make a living as a cleaning woman. Her new clients, the Schwarz family, seem to belong to the upper class. Frau Dr. Schwarz is a judge ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Timm

Writers:

Milena Moser (novel), Hansjörg Thurn | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jasmin Tabatabai ... Irma Caspari
Christine Oesterlein Christine Oesterlein ... Nelly Schwarz
Dagmar Manzel Dagmar Manzel ... Frau Dr. Schwarz
Kevin Ibeka Kevin Ibeka ... Eugen
Dieter Landuris Dieter Landuris ... Richard
Roland Schäfer Roland Schäfer ... Emil Schwarz
Maja Felicia Feurich Maja Felicia Feurich ... Sybille
Jenny Slawik Jenny Slawik ... Edith
Cuco Wallraff ... Francesco
Nick Wilder ... Hans O. Meier
Joachim Kemmer Joachim Kemmer ... Herr Minister
Hussi Kutlucan Hussi Kutlucan ... Mustafa
Ilona Eitel Ilona Eitel ... Frau Minister
Werner Heinrichmöller Werner Heinrichmöller ... Detektiv
Alex Babu Alex Babu ... Rosenverkäufer
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Irma Caspari has dropped her studies and now tries to make a living as a cleaning woman. Her new clients, the Schwarz family, seem to belong to the upper class. Frau Dr. Schwarz is a judge and will be elected state's supervising judge in the near future. Irma has her own point of view about the rich. She has no problems using the Schwarz' luxurious bathtub while she should be working. One day Irma discovers something strange, Obviously the Schwarz family has someone arrested in the cellar: an old woman is laying in the dark groaning. Irma decides to do something about it. Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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Comedy

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

10 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cleaning Ladies Island See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Dolby SR

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Color
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ONLY SAVED BY LEAD ACTRESSES
20 July 1999 | by J. SteedSee all my reviews

Extremely unbalanced comedy that never knows to choose between realism and fairy tale. E.g., of all the scenes with the ruthless daughter-in-law it is never clear whether these are meant as funny caricatures or horrible realism In other words: director Peter Timm has no control over the material, he did not really know what to do with it.

All this makes the action hard to accept: how could the so mentally strong grandmother wind up in the cellar in the first place?; this is just not made believable. The son is not only a weak character, he hardly seems necessary for the story. And what about the little girls: why are they in the story; how much do they know? And than I will let the cliches be, but one: the ending can be predicted at the beginning of the film.

Both Jasmin Tabatabai and Christine Oesterlein save this film from complete downfall.


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