Until Death Do Us Part

(Bis dass der Tod euch scheidet)

GDR, 1978, 92 min, color
In German; English subtitles
Assistant Director
Set Design
Costume Design
Music (Score)


Scenes from an East German marriage. A young couple, Sonya and Jens, are very much in love. They get married and have a child. When Sonya wants to go back to work after her maternity leave, they clash for the first time; Jens insists that she remain a full-time wife and mother.


Until Death Do Us Part turns an actual police report into a gripping drama, as director Heiner Carow (The Legend of Paul and Paula, Coming Out, The Mistake) explores the depths of his characters’ emotions, which drive the conflict to a catastrophic climax.


The debut film of actress Katrin Saß (Goodbye, Lenin!, 2003).


2017 Berlin International Film Festival
2009 Official Selection, Black + White Ain't Gray Film Series

Press comments

"Traditional role models clash with modern concepts of marriage under socialism." —2017 Berlin International Film Festival


“The unsparing frankness with which the director has depicted these scenes from a GDR marriage is most remarkable.”
— Carla Rohde, Tagesspiegel

“Even today, the cruelty in the film is intriguing.”
— Gunnar Decker, Neues Deutschland


“Katrin Saß’ expressive face, her naturalness and her normalcy constitute a charisma from which the audience cannot escape.”
— Ines Walk, film-zeit.de


“A radical tragedy about a young marriage.”
— Heinz Kersten, Deutschlandradio


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