In 1974 Volker Koepp went to Wittstock for the first time and filmed life in the old town in Brandenburg, especially the changes brought by the building of a big textile factory. The film focused on three women, Edith, Elsbeth and Renate.
The films offered a fascinating glimpse into provincial life in the GDR and brought us close to the three women, who had to cope with constant problems at work, got married, had children and had come to terms with life in Wittstock. Now a new kind of normality has taken hold in Wittstock: The big factory is no longer there. Elsbeth goes from one retraining course to another. Renate has now been working for five years as a chambermaid in a small hotel, and Edith, who used to be so rebellious, has moved to the Heilbronn area and has become very tranquil. The film shows all this with an unexpectedly light touch, with a constant tension between sadness and comedy and with incomparably beautiful pictures.
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