Heimat II (The Second Heimat) (1992) 

 

 

 

Director:     Robert Busch. 

Starring:    Henry Arnold (Hermann Simon), Salome Kammer (Clarissa Lichtblau), Frank Röth (Stefan Aufhauser), Noemi Steuer (Helga Aufschrey), Franziska Traub (Renate Leineweber), Daniel Smith (Juan Subercasseaux), Lena Lessing (Olga Mueller), Martin Maria Blau (Jean-Marie Weber), Armin Fuchs (Volker Schimmelpfennig), Hannelore Hoger (Elisabeth Cerphal), Michael Schönborn (Alex), Holger Fuchs (Bernd), Anke Sevenich (Waltraud 'Schnüsschen' Schneider), László I. Kish (Reinhard Doerr), Edith Behleit (Mutter Lichtblau), Peter Weiss (Rob Stuermer), Manfred Andrae (Gerold Gattinger), Michael Stephan (Clemens).

TV mini-series. 

portrait of German youth in the wild 1960s

 

 

Spoiler Warning:

Part I.  The Leaving. 

Young Hermann Simon is crying over a good-bye letter from his lover Klarchen, who is 12 years older than him and a refugee.  He believes that his village of Shabbach in the Hunsruck region destroyed her.  The whole village was against her.  To God he declares: "I'll never love again."  He promises to leave his mother's house, to leave Shabbach.  Music will be his only love.  This will happen he says when he is 19 years old and is finished with his exams.  On his exam in theology (his weakest subject), he got an A.

September 2, 1960.  Hermann leaves forever for Munich.  He wants to live in the Schwabing neighborhood where all the artists live.  In the big city his friend Renate lets him in secretly to sleep in her room.  She wants to have sex with Hermann, but he tells her he has sworn off love and sex.  Renate says in disgust: "You twerp!"   

At home Hermann was seen as a "genius", but in Munich he is "no one".  He meets a fellow student who is from Chile.  He tells Hermann that foreigners must be very careful.  "We are watched.  We live in fear."  Juan desperately wants to loose his Chilean accent.  When Hermann answers the call for his turn for an interview, he answers in his Hunsruck accent and the other students laugh.  Even Juan is a bit taken back by the rural accent.

On the campus three young men (Stefan, Reinhard and Rob) are filming a scene.  An older man gives the film makers some unwanted information:  "This was Nazi headquarters.  Hitler, Goring, Hess all marched down the street here."  On a break, Hermann speaks with the film makers.  They speak of the nouvelle vague: out of the studios and into the streets to film.  They meet Ansgar who is the "best boy" on the film.  A comment is made that Munich still stinks of Nazis, especially this square. 

One day traveling on the train Hermann hears the Hunsruck dialect being spoken.  The speaker turns out to be his friend Clemens, who lives in Schwabing.  When Clemens tells him that Hermann can stay with him in Schwabing, Hermann jumps at the opportunity.  He gets his things from Renate's place and heads for Schwabing. 

One day he sees a beautiful young brunette walk by him.  He is very impressed.  (Her name we learn later is Clarissa Lichtblau.)  Hermann looks for an empty music room, but all of them are being used by fellow students.  He is given a rare pass to a music room, but when he enters the room he finds it full with a group working on a piece of new music.  He obviously can't practice her, but he is fascinated with the group and watches these senior students perform. 

Juan the Chilean is not accepted by his interviewers.  They say that his music is just folklore.  Hermann sees Clarissa again.  He starts taking elocution lessons to get rid of his Hunsruck accent. 

Clarissa plays the cello.  One of her music professors tells her that all work and no play makes Clarissa a dull girl.  But she just rejects this advise.  Frankly, she seems a bit depressed.  Hermann passes by her again.

Hermann returns to his place he shares with Clemens and learns that a woman from Hunsruck had waited four hours at the apartment to see Hermann.  Clemens cannot describe her at all since he works at night and sleeps during the day.  This makes Hermann very mad at him.  Hermann receives another letter from Klarchen.  She writes that now she is happily married.  It was she who waited in his apartment for four hours, but had to leave without seeing him.  She wanted personally to tell him the news rather than write him a letter.

Part 2.  The Eyes of Strangers. Juan, 1960-1961. 

Juan will works as a gymnastics teacher of Von Zett's Drama School.  He runs into Hermann and gets Hermann to go to Grunwald with him and some other musicians to give a private concert for a wealthy family.  The concert was arranged for fellow student Angelika.  At her place they played for four hours.  When they finished, they were surprised to receive no payment.  Juan says that Angelika regarded the concert as a personal favor to her.  Everyone treated them as Angelika's guests, instead of working musicians. 

Juan has a dream about Clarissa.  He goes with her to Wasserburg in deepest Bavaria.  Juan meets Clarissa's mother.  While visiting her mother, Clarissa gets a new cello from her patron. 

Hermann has been in Munich for five weeks now.  He wants a room of his own and moves to singer Frau Moretti's place.  When gets there, however, he finds that the room is not ready.  He cannot move in.  And what is worse, his trunk with his music and poetry has disappeared.  He is very upset with Frau Moretti, which in turn makes her upset.  He visits Renate but doesn't stay long. 

Clarissa and Juan get on the train to go back.  They kiss briefly.  Back in Munich another unexploded bomb is found and defused. 

Hermann needs money and a job so he work for the Munich film archive looking at Nazi films and weeding out the unwanted ones.  Clarissa had kissed Juan but then ran away from him.  Now she avoid him.  Juan attends a concert where he sees both Clarissa and Hermann.  After the concert in a bar Hermann talks to Clarissa.  Renate is also there and she hangs onto Hermann a great deal.  Clarissa seems to like Hermann, probably because both reject love.  An art patroness invite the music and art students to her huge villa.  Clemens shows up at the villa.  Clarissa sings for the crowd.  Renata likes Juan and he introduces her to an actress named Olga.  The scuttlebutt about the villa is that all its owners were Nazis.  Hermann goes home with Renate and sleeps with her. 

Hermann receives visitors.  It is his old music teacher from Hunsruck and student Marianne Elss.  The teacher tells Hermann to tell no one, but he is going to marry his young student.  Hermann goes with them to a strip tease bar.  His teacher and Marianne go on to Garmisch. 

At the bar where Clemens works as a jazz drum player, Clarissa sees Hermann and the two talk.  Clarissa feels alone.  Hermann says that she hates men, but she replies:  "I think they hate me."  They kiss, but Hermann ends up running away from love.  Clemens gets engaged to be married.  Frau Moretti finds the trunk and Hermann is very happy.  Together with Juan, Clarissa again runs into Hermann.  The three find one of their professors frozen to death on the street.  Clarissa runs to telephone the police.  When she returns the three friends have a group hug. 

Part 3.  Jealousy and Pride.  Evelyne, 1961. 

July 1961.  Evelyne's father dies at only age 42.  Her mother is not her biological mother, who was killed in an air raid.  She learns about her biological mother and now wants to know who was her mother.  Evelyne had a happy childhood, but she will retrace her father's steps and find out about her mother from people she meets along the way.  Hermann has been in Munich for a year. 

Evelyn's dad grew up in Munich, the son of a famous publisher, who owned a villa in Schwabing.   She visits with her Aunt Elisabeth, the Schwabing art patroness.  Her aunt collected young artists as other people collected stamps.   She has a lover, Herr Gattinge, a mysterious man who many of the young artists thinks was a Nazi and so tried to ignore him.  But they loved the aunt.  She was their patron, their mother substitute and guardian angel.  Stefan, Reinhard and Rob had made a short film, but could not get a distributor.  So they have the premier at Foxholes for all their friends.  Stefan is the aunt's pet, a law student from a rich family.  Hermann arrives for the premiere and runs into Clarissa and Juan.  They talk together on the steps of the villa.  Clarissa tells him:  "You always run away."

The aunt does not want Evelyne to stay in the villa, so at first she is rude to her young niece.  So Evelyne accepts the friendship of Frau Reis who lives and work in the villa.  Evelyne asks her who was her mother and Frau Reis gives her some insight into her mother's personality.  She learns that when the air raids began her mother was killed, just one of the 6,000 plus people killed in Munich. 

The film delves into some of the ruins of Munich.  In 1943 the Opera House was hit by incendiary bombs.  The film finishes and people start to talk about it.  They find the actress Olga high on drugs.  Juan is jealous when he sees Hermann with Clarissa.   The news of the day is about the closing off of West Berlin by the Soviets.  Ansgar runs into Evelyne and the two take a liking to each other almost immediately. 

Clarissa and Hermann meet again.  They sneak into the big villa, entering through a window.  She plays a cello piece for Hermann, who wrote the piece with her in mind.  Stefan and the film makers come in to the villa.  Clarissa becomes jealous and nervous and runs away.  Hermann runs after her.  They both know that there is a psychological wall between them. 

The film makers put up advertisements for their film around Munich. 

Part 4.  Ansgar's death, 1961-1962. 

Ansgar constantly talks of death and has a very exaggerated cynicism.  He says about himself:  "I'm a sinking ship."  The news of the day is about the Soviet cosmonaut Yure Gagarin, the first man in space.   The Americans disgraced themselves at the Bay of Pigs.  Khrushchev and Kennedy meet in Vienna.  The Berlin Wall is built. 

Autumn 1961.  Olga and Reinhold fool around with an American Winchester rifle. 

The place where Hermann and Clemens live is going to be bull-dozed.  Hermann gets an I love you letter from Clarissa, but then she disappears for six weeks without any word from her.  She went back home and to see her old music teacher.  Her teacher gave her a 1749 cello.  Clarissa says about herself:  "When I'm near what I want, I'm sad.  There's something in me that destroys everything as soon as I have it.  What is it?"  Her teacher tells her that he still loves her.  Clarissa prepares for a cello competition, to be held some five weeks hence.

Hermann writes a musical piece for Frau Moretti.  He likes the older woman very much because she thinks that he is a musical genius.  Clarissa returns to Munich and see Hermann, who asks:  "Where have you been?"  He asks her to come to his concert in two weeks.  Ansgar watches Evelyne at a signing lesson.  Clarissa wins the cello contest, playing the music of Hermann.  The tune was a big hit with the viewers.  Her old music teacher shows up and they go out to dinner together.  She had been with the man almost every day for six weeks.  Juan and Hermann read her wonderful reviews in the newspapers.  Clarissa attends Hermann's concert.  The audience likes it and many of his friends congratulate him.  Herman sees Clarissa and gives her back a piece of lingerie that she had given him.  He says to himself:  "Never to love again.  How right I was." 

Clarissa sees Hermann again.  She asks him why he does not speaker to her and why he returned the lingerie to her.  Clarissa tells him:  "I want to be your friend."  She also wants to know if it is over between them.  She then tells him that he just does not understand and runs away.  Hermann gets a letter from Ansgar asking him to set his poems to music after he is dead.  He is a troubled young man.  He does not get along with his parents.  They visit him and he tells thems:  "I don' want your love or your money. I'm finished with you."

It is Christmas at Foxholes.  Ansgar is very depressed.  He will meet Evelyne at midnight to go the the party.  When he leaves her to go to work on the tram, he gets his foot caught and is dragged by the tram.  To her great horror, Evelyne saw it all happen. She shows up at the Foxholes party and announces that "Ansgar is dead." 

Stefan is moving out of the Foxholes villa and the aunt wants Hermann to take his place. 

Evelyne runs into Ansgar mother, who gives her a hard time saying that she took his writings.  She tells the mother that "Ansgar burned everything that reminded him of you."  Then then leaves.  Juan and Hermann pay a visit to Ansgar's grave. 

Part 5.  The Freedom Game, 1962. 

Corpus Christi Day, 1962.  Hermann is teaching piano to Tommy, a spoiled little brat who can't seem to concentrate on his lessons.  Tommy's family offers him a job at 300 marks a week, including room and board at the seaside.  He tells the family that he has to think about it.  They give him the address of where they will be for the summer just in case he decides to come.

A citizen complains t the Munich police about being annoyed by three street musicians playing rock and roll.  When the police came to arrest the musicians, the customers of a nearby street cafe took the side of the young musicians.  The end result was the creation of a riot, the youth versus the authorities.  Poor Hermann happens upon the riot and because he is carrying his guitar from his teaching session the police grab him thinking he is another of the troublesome street musicians.  Then it occurred to Hermann that the police didn't really want him. it was his guitar they hated.  A police smashes his guitar into pieces.  Hermann, obviously, is very upset by this.  To get some peace after his run in with the police, he goes to Foxholes and plays the piano furiously and loud.  An artist member of the group named Helga shows up at Foxholes.  She was hit by the police too. 

June 22, 1962.  Helga starts screaming.  She says:  "Munich doesn't want us.  It treats us like garbage.  We're powerless."  Hermann kisses Helga passionately.  Helga stops him saying that he is like an animal  She tells him she wants to be alone. 

Hermann puts a down payment on a 200 mark guitar.  He then goes to the police station to report the incident.  But there he recognizes the police officer that treated him so unjustly.  Apparently, the guy recognizes Hermann too and now has the intention of roughing up the young musician.  So a young man from England and Hermann make a break for it.  The police chase them, but they get away. 

Hermann decides to go to Sylt to teach piano to Tommy.  It's a way for Hermann to get away from Munich for a while.  He goes by train.  Helga is on another train going back home for a respite.  She says that she felt alone in the riot-torn city.  Her train stops at a station where she sees her former boyfriend Stefan and his crew filming something.  She gets off at the next stop and comes back to the station, but Stefan and crew are already gone.  She goes on to Dulmen and home.  Her father is there.  Her mothers tells her:  "Riots in Schwabing."  On the television the mayor of Munich says he regrets some of the police excesses.  Her conservative father insults the rioting young people and Helga fires back at him.  She feels so mad that she could blow up the whole of Munich.  Her friends, Dorli and Marianne, worry about her. 

Hermann hitch-hikes part of the way with an army officer who has blacks out while driving.  He stops in Dulmen.  Helga and her two friends go out at night.  Hermann runs into Helga.  He tells her that his back hurts him a great deal from the baton blow he received there while escaping from the police station.  The three young women and Hermann go to Dorli's house.  Dorli gives Hermann a room.  All the women seemed interested in Hermann.  Marianne, an older but beautiful woman, unbuttons his shirt to put some salve on his baton bruise.  She kisses him.  Dorli kisses him.  Hermann kisses Marianne.  Helga is a bit upset about this and she actually faints, which immediately puts an end to the three-way goings on.  When Helga is better, Dorli walks Marianne home.  Marianne checks on her twins.  Helga comes over to Marianne's place.

Helga and Hermann meet at a restaurant.  Later the large Dorli gives Hermann a piggie-back ride.  Helga kisses Hermann.  Marianne tells Hermann:  "Women like you, Hermann."  Helga gives Hermann a big kiss.  The news is "Riots for the Fourth Day."  Hermann says he fells bad about running away from the riots.  After all Munich is the capital of German art, he says.  Marianne slips Hermann a note.  She looks sad, frustrated.  The note says:  "Come to me tonight."

At dinner at home Helga gets mad at her father and her friends for telling vulgar jokes at the table.  She says:  "What a birthday!  Thanks a lot!"  After dinner with Hermann in her bedroom, Helga tells Hermann:  "I love you.  Take me. Please."  He responds with "I love you, too."  But her grandmother puts a stop to any possible love-making.  She shouts:  "Come out of there!"  Helga is defiant and insists on making love, but Hermann tells her that he won't make love to her with her grandmother shouting outside the door. 

At night Hermann sneaks out of the house and goes to Marianne's place.  They have sex.  (He seems to like women older than himself, was was the case with Klarchen.)  He admits to Marianne that his love affair with Klarchen still hurts him.  Marianne comments:  "I knew you were hiding something."  The doorbell rings.  Marianne goes to the door and finds a letter from Helga and Dorli.  The letter says:  "We know where you are.  Helga.  Love you.  Be glad you live in a big city."  In the morning Marianne drops Hermann off at the train station.  On the train Hermann thinks about the fact that he ran away from Sabbach, Munich, and Dulmen, but admits that he always has a hidden goal inside him.  He goes on to his music teaching job.  Helga tells her friends that she is going back to Munich. 

After five nights of rioting, peace returns to Munich.  The police are criticized.  On the fight day, the riots were rained out.  Back in Munich, Hermann Hermann receives a cake in the mail send by Helga, Dorli and Marianne.  The included a picture of the three of them together in their bathing suits.  Clarissa shows up.  Her forearms and hands are wrapped to help her bear the pain of constant cello practice. 

Part 6.  Kennedy's Children.  Alex, 1963. 

The older Alex is the bald nerd in the Foxholes group.  He is a permanent student at the university.  He studies philosophy and knows a great many things.  November 22, 1963, 9:30 a.m., President Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas.  The art students are very upset at their loss.  Hermann puts up posters for his new concert, many of which do not stick because of the rain.  Helga helps him put up the poster.  She is very quiet.  Helga tells Hermann:  "You ran away."  Hermann responds: "I'm not cut out for love.  I want to be free."

November 1963, 7th term for Hermann.  He has been in Munich for three years.  He writes avant-garde music.  Clarissa comes to see him.  She tells Hermann that she needs money.  She needs 800 marks but not for what; it's for an abortion.  Hermann wants to know where she has been and she says that she is having a bad time.  But Hermann is poor himself and does not have money to give to her. 

A new tour guide named Waltraud is in Munich.  She is from Hunsruck and says that she was with Hermann until age 16.  She says she is the one who taught Hermann how to kiss at age 15.  She wants to get hold of Hermann to talk with him.  Hermann tells Alex that he has group fatigue.  Alex tells him it's just individualism, which Alex does not like.  Evelyne's aunt may have to sell Foxholes.  Reflecting on Kennedy, Alex says that we were Kennedy's children, intelligent, young and free. 

Alex sees Clarissa.  He is in desperate needs of money.  Alex asks her for 20 marks.  Clarissa says she is sorry, but she needs money herself.  Her friends, Jean-Marie and Volker, come to talk with Clarissa at her request.  She tells them that she is pregnant and that one of them is the father.  Volker says to her:  "It's sad to end it like this."  She says: "I don't love either of you."  Jean-Marie goes down to the bank to take out 800 marks.  Alex sees Jean-Marie and asks him for some money, but no luck.  Next Alex goes to film maker Stefan.  Again he has no luck.  Alex says he has now become a virtual beggar. 

Waltraud catches up with Hermann at the train station.  He calls her Schnusschen and introduces her to Juan.  Hermann sees Clarissa walk by on her way, no doubt, to get an abortion. 

Helga grabs Alex and tells him:  "I'm going mad!"  Alex comments that he is glad that he is free of love.  The two of them go to visit Olga who is having pictures taken for her portfolio.  She is upset and totally focused on her current problem.  Helga gets mad at her "self-pity".  Olga says to Helga:  "You're in love with Hermann, but you'll never have him."  Helga says that she is leaving Munich because it's just an illusion, a chimera.  Clarissa is at the doctor's office.  Hermann, Waltraud and Juan go see the American epic movie Cleopatra

Alex has to look through the garbage for food.  He finds a wallet with 100 marks in it.  He goes out to eat with Stefan and returns the 40 marks to him that Alex had borrowed much earlier. 

The theatre managers stop the film of Cleopatra to tell the audience that JFK has bee assassinated. Outside people are buying lots of newspapers to learn more about the assassination.  Alex and Stefan are very sad.  On the television they see JFK delivering his famous sentence in German:  "Ich bin ein Berliner."  (I am a Berliner.)  Alex and Stefan go to tell Helga the bad news.  They find her unconscious on the floor in an apparent suicide attempt.  They are able to revive her. 

Volker and Jean-Marie see Clarissa.  They comment to each other that it's too late, Clarissa has had the abortion.  Volker says that Clarissa was just using them to get back at Hermann.  But Jean-Marie does not believe it.  At Foxholes the whole gang start showing up:  Volker, Jean-Marie, Helga, Alex, Stefan, Olga, Rob, Reinhard, Renate, Hermann, and Waltraud.    By gathering together they feel better able to handle their grief over losing JFK. 

Part 7.  Wolf Notes, Clarissa, 1963. 

Clarissa has been 3 years and 3 months in Munich. Hermann tries to get Clarissa to play her cello in his next concert.  She says she will do it.  Waltraud comes to see Hermann at his concert practice.  She gives him a black sweat to wear for his concert  -- the type that Leonard Bernstein wears for his concerts.  Helga and Stefan get together again.

Clarissa does not perform in the concern.  So Hermann uses a model to replace her.  The woman imitate the popular poster of a nude woman with her back to the audience and with the markings of a cello on her back.  He just wanted to account for the absence of his cellist, namely Clarissa.  Clarissa is still ill from the abortion.  Volker finds her in a bad condition and takes her to the hospital.  She has septicemia (blood poisoning).  We find out that Volker loves Clarissa.  Renate and Juan have sex.  After the concert, Hermann is throwing a party.  But Waltraud is the only one there.  Hermann has sex with Waltraud.  He tells her:  "I hate intellectual women; uptight career bitches."  Literally in a day Waltraud became friends with all of Hermann's friends.  Volker tells Hermann that Clarissa is ill.  When Volker visits the hospital again, Clarissa's mother calls him a degenerate for his role in the whole abortion affair. 

Strasbourg, Christmas 1963.  Volkers stays with Jean-Marie for Christmas in Strasbourg.  Helga and Stefan climb a mountain and stay up there is a cabin for Christmas.  Evelyne signs in a concert.  In the hospital Clarissa  cuts her hair short.  Her mother visits her and calls her a murderess.  Clarissa leaves the hospital and looks for Jean-Marie.  She tries to telephone with no luck.  So she goes to see Hermann.   Clarissa learns that Volker is with Jean-Marie in Strasbourg.  Hermann tells Clarissa:  "It's the first time you've come to see me alone."  Clarissa is not pleased when she learns that there are plans for Hermann to marry Waltraud.  She sleeps in the library, but gets up to go and sleep in Hermann's bed.  She wonders out loud why it is so hard to be happy.  One reason is that they run away from each other.  Hermann says:  "We're mad."  He says:  "I'm your wolf and you're my wolf.  Marry me?"  Clarissa responds:  "Never." 

Part 8.  The Wedding, 1964. 

Waltraud loves her family, which is truly a big one.  She has six brother who each have lots of children.  When they get together at Christmas they all seem to get along and have a good time with each other. 

 

 

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