Director: Christian Alvart
Starring: Nadeshda Brennicke, Charly Hübner
BankLady is based on the true story of Gisela Werler, Germany's first female bank robber. Set in the 1960s, the sexual revolution was in full swing and girls thought they could do anything, even dumb things that the boys where getting up to. Why not? All you need is a gun and a wig, and how easy was it to rob a bank back in those days. Seriously it was very easy.
The talented German actress Nadeshda Brennicke plays Gisela, a sad and lonely 30 year old woman looking after her poor miserable parents and dreaming of escape from it all. Stuck in a dreary job as a factory worker and envying the good life, she stumbles across a small time bank robber Hermann Wittorff played by Charly Hübner, and what follows is Germany's own answer to Bonnie and Clyde.
I kind of felt the direction in this was a little too clinical and copied from some Hollywood film noir script. It didn't feel right for this time period or location, which is a shame because the small towns used gave it that quintessential European feel. Still an interesting story and Nadeshda Brennicke is great as a woman not content with the role that society had forced on her. At the end of the day all she really wanted was to be loved... and the cash probably also... Greedy! ROB