FICTION

Untersuchung an Mädeln

Girls Under Investigation

Peter Payer
Two hitchhikers, Stella Blumauer and Esmeralda Nemetz, are given a ride by cattleman Josef Trummer, who rapes them. Trummer then disappears, and the two hitchhikers are accused of killing and robbing him. As the two women are considered 'indiscriminate' in their choice of sexual partners, the possibility of self-defense is dismissed. The authorities point to various episodes from their lives as proof of their - alleged - promiscuity. A former sailor named Harald Poppinger, a dubious character who is popular with the ladies, has had affairs with both women. Poppinger believes in their innocence, as does Kuno Fichtinger, an insurance agent who persistently courted Stella in vain. The investigating magistrate, Baldur Meixner, suffers from sexual neuroses and is found dead in the course of the investigation. In his incoherent suicide note, he blames Esmeralda's 'animalistically erotic' personality for his death. Poppinger starts his own investigation, which soon casts doubt upon the official version of the story: Trummer had been looking for an opportunity to stage his death and disappear. Tabloid newspapers, letters to the editor, and postcards to the prison with unambiguous offers and abuse poison the trial's atmosphere. But several intensive searches fail to turn up the body.
Technical Data
Running time: 90
Format: 35mm
Screen ratio: 1:1.85
Sound: Marc Parisotto
Language spoken: German
Subtitles: English
Production year: 1999
Credits
Director(s): Peter Payer
Writer(s): Wolfgang Beyer, Peter Payer (based on the novel by Albert Drach)
Cinematographer(s): Andreas Berger
Key cast: Anna Thalbach, Elke Winkens, Otto Sander, Max Tidof, Martin Brambach, Branko Samarovski, Rainer Frieb, Regina Fritsch, Toni Slama, Marcus Bluhm, Max Mayer, Simon Schwarz
Producer: Peter Payer
Producers: Danny Krausz, Kurt Stocker
Production company
DOR FILM Produktion GmbH
Bergsteiggasse 36
1170 Vienna
tel:+43 1 427 10 11