Quick-Thoughts: Margarethe von Trotta’s Marianne and Juliane (1981)

Being the older sibling: I get it. If you commit virtually anything and if something were to then happen to your younger sibling(s), you’d immaturely correlate as much as possible to take the blame, as if all your actions have a reflection on what they do in the future. This… this is a pretty harrowing movie, which is strange because during most of its runtime I wasn’t particularly moved, but as it got towards the end, this sick feeling of deja vu began to repress me once Juliane’s obsession truly began kicking in. As cheesy as it sounds, the people you grow up with are like a part of you, but sometimes to a self-destructive point where even things as immoral as terrorism can become almost a blindside to you as long as it involves family; when someone you love takes a prevailing path no matter how repulsive and disagreeable, it’s almost naturally obligated to transpire as your path too.

Verdict: B-

“Marianne and Juliane” is now available to stream on Kanopy.

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