Woman in Flames, A (1982)

Woman in Flames, A (1982)

“I wonder just how far I can go… I’m open to anything!”

A dissatisfied housewife (Gudrun Landgrebe) becomes an upscale call girl, and soon is in demand as a dominatrix. She falls madly in love with a gigolo (Mathieu Carriere), but after they move in together, they quickly grow jealous of each other’s clients.

Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:

  • German Films
  • Jealousy
  • Prostitutes and Gigolos
  • S&M

This “satire” on postwar bourgeois values (an enormous box office hit in its native Germany) falls flat on nearly every count. Although Landgrebe is easy on the eyes (and not a horrible actress), we care very little about what happens to her, and her obsessive romance with the boring Carriere never rings true. The dialogue — not helped any by the awful English dubbing on the video release — is inane and cliched, and the titular denouement makes absolutely no sense. Avoid this one if possible.

Redeeming Qualities and Moments:

  • Beautiful Gudrun Landgrebe as Eva

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One thought on “Woman in Flames, A (1982)

  1. First viewing. Partial pass that leans towards ‘skip it’.

    I saw 30 painful minutes of this (German with English subtitles) then skipped to the last 15 minutes to verify it as garbage. … And it is. It’s just dumb crap. Unsurprisingly, such things are often box office hits (in any country).

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