Germany in 1946. Hunger, rubble, and homecoming soldiers. Young Charlotte is pregnant, but her beloved Ludwig does not want her or his child when he returns. To win him over and escape the threat of disgrace, she enrolls in the "Fräulein Course" taught by actress Gloria Deven, who was an aspiring movie starlet under fascism and is now banned from working. The word on the street is that the course teaches you how to win over and keep any man. But Gloria, with her merciless teaching, is not interested in reviving the girls' coquetry that had fallen fallow during the war. Instead, she awakens in her students, a longing for something that has been denied them for too long: Freedom.

She creates a collective from the insecure women, one that radically opposes patriarchy. A utopia even seems possible, but then the wounds of the past resurface.

This film does not aim to be a history film; it does not depict any alleged reality. Instead, TRÜMMERMÄDCHEN uses the historical context to deal with a subject that could not be more topical, and in doing so asks the question of why patriarchy reasserted itself so quickly in Germany, which was rebuilt by women, after all.


Lotte Schumann
Laura Balzer
Gloria Deven
Valery Tscheplanowa
Katja Hutko
Anna Gesa-Raija Lappe
Lara Feith
Lena Urzendowsky
Henning Flüsloh
Philipp Karner
Till Wonka
Trümmermädchen - Poster 2


Oliver Kracht

  • Fiction
Production Country / Year
Germany 2021
de., en. OF mit en. UT
DCP, Both, 117min
2.39:1, Stereo

Director & Crew

Oliver Kracht 1

Oliver Kracht

Born in La Paz, Bolivia, in 1981. Studied philosophy at the University of Potsdam. Studied screenwriting and dramaturgy at the film school ECAM, Madrid, and at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Active as director and screenwriter.


2015 TIERE, Kurzfilm

2017 EDEN, Kurzfilm

2019 TRANSIT, Kurzfilm

2021 TRÜMMERMÄDCHEN, Spielfilm HOF 2021

Oliver Kracht
Director of Photography
Marvin Schatz
Production Designer
Yvonne Leuze
Caro Liem
Costume Designer
Sabrine Krämer
Music Composer
Patrick Puszko
Charlotte Fleck
TV Commissioning Editor
Joachim Lang (SWR)
Marco Grönwoldt
Lennart Lenzing


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