Yesterday Girl (Abschied von gestern - (Anita G.)) (1966)

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Anita Alexandra Kluge is a young East German woman who comes to West Germany in hopes of a better life in this social drama. She has trouble with the law when she steals and has more trouble adjusting to life in a new society. Anita becomes her employer's mistress, but she leaves when she is wrongly accused of an unrelated theft. She becomes a wandering gypsy, confused and unable to deal with either the communist regime or a free-market economy. This feature was the official German entry at the 1966 Venice Film Festival. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Yesterday Girl (Abschied von gestern - (Anita G.))

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An early example of the New German cinema.

Mar 12, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Kluge directs his dramatic scenes with a mix of realism and satirical exaggeration and intersperses them with a series of interludes...

May 29, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Yesterday Girl (Abschied von gestern - (Anita G.))

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After serving a prison sentence for stealing a cardigan from a co-worker, Anita(Alexandra Kruge) is released on probation. Sadly, her first job in an office does not work out. So, maybe her next job as a salesperson for language records will work out better. "Yesterday Girl" is an engaging critique of capitalism that owes more to the playfulness of the French New Wave than Italian Neorealism. Of which, it is probably no coincidence that Anita is originally from Leipzig in East Germany. It is no surprise that she is unable to adjust to West Germany, where everybody is selling something, considering that after landing a job, she is told by her supervisor to be grateful to a higher being.(I could never imagine this happening today in real life, but as a few commencement speaches by well-heeled people have revealed recently, there are those who feel exactly this way.) Nor is this the last time religion is mentioned in this movie. Even though she is judged at every turn when her worst crime is a lack of property, forcing her to steal, she carries on, regardless.

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