The Pauländers are smallholders oppressed by Big Agribusiness, fighting for their survival. 15-year-old Paule suffers under his authoritarian dad, who's hopelessly in debt, facing financial ruin, and lets his pent-up frustration out on his son, beating and oppressing him. Paule Pauländer manages to escape but fails to gain a foothold in freedom and ultimately returns home - where disaster awaits.
Meet the director
Reinhard Hauff was born 1939 as son of a magistrate in Marburg, Germany. He moved to Munich to study literature and sociology, dropping out to work for television at Munich's Bavaria Studios. The top German entertainment director of the time, Michael Pfleghar, became his mentor starting 1964. But Hauff wanted to make movies: In 1968, he started to make documentaries, TV movies and theatrical films. In 1974, he co-founded Bioskop Film together with Volker Schlöndorff and Eberhard Junkersdorf. STAMMHEIM – THE BAADER-MEINHOF GANG ON TRIAL won the Golden Bear at Berlin 1986. In 1993, he started to retire from active filmmaking and became head of dffb film school in Berlin, where he shared his expertise with young filmmakers until 2005. Reinhard Hauff lives in Munich with his wife.