- Director: Robin Hunzinger
- Producer: Milana Christitch
The title seems to suggest something quite different to what is presented. Thoughts of a BDSM extravaganza were soon put to right after a few seconds of viewing.
Instead...a fascinating tale of two young women, for one is was a fling, for the other...the real thing! Talk about high maintenance...Marcelle is unrelenting. By today's standards, she would be charged with stalking...via incessant remittance! Trolling old-style!
And...in return, Marcelle was 'ghosted' by Emma. There's no wonder as to why!
A few wee quibbles...the narration ought to have been split between two or more voices, the contemporary music sits oddly with the visuals...and, the bikini wasn't invented until 1946!
But...there's no denying the artistry and creative processes involved in getting this story onto the screen. It is totally one-side though...Marcelle's ever-increasing desires, conquests and tragedies are laid bare...leaving behind more questions than answers...the evidence for the prosecution and in her defence are given entirely over to the audience...to make their own mind's up.
Was she a strong woman? Or, an emotional blackmailer? Or, a manipulator? Or, a lovelorn woman grasping at straws? All, one, none?
A sad tale...beautifully, creatively and artistically told.
After the death of his grandmother Emma, Hunzinger discovered a collection of letters from an enigmatic sender named Marcelle. Through the letters it transpires that Emma and Marcelle were schoolgirl sweethearts in the 1920s. After parting ways, Marcelle succumbs to tuberculosis and is admitted to a sanatorium. However it’s here that she forms a rebellious gang of kindred spirits – who become confidantes and lovers – dubbing themselves the ‘Blood-Spitters Gang’. Weaving together Marcelle’s letters with archive footage, photographs and scenes from classic films such as Mädchen in Uniform, Hunzinger thrillingly brings to life this extraordinary true story.