The Left-Handed Woman (Peter Handke)

A German family lives in a suburb of Paris, the husband works there for a German company.

Their marriage is not unhappy at all, the relationship is even a rather deep one. But one day, as the man returns from a business trip, his wife asks him to leave her, without giving any reason.

He obeys without questioning her. The film now explores the loneliness that begins for the woman, the child and the man – in ordinary, every-day life. What an adventure!


West Germany 1977

Length: 119 min

Format: 35mm colour; 1:1.37

Original Language: German, French

4k Restoration in 2015

Festivals & Awards

1978 Deutscher Filmpreis: Award in gold (Editing)

Cast and crew

Production: Road Movies Filmproduktion GmbH (Berlin) In Association with: Wim Wenders Produktion (Munich) Director: Peter Handke Producer: Wim Wenders Executive Producer: Renée Gundelach Screenplay: Peter Handke Director of Photography: Robby Müller Editor: Peter Przygodda Sound: Ulrich Winkler Costume Design: Domenica Kaesdorf Cast: Edith Clever, Bruno Ganz, Bernhard Minetti, Bernhard Wicki, Angela Winkler, Rüdiger Vogler, Michael Lonsdale, Jany Holt, Ines des Longchamps, Markus Mühleisen

Premiere (D): 30.10.1977, Hof, Internationale Filmtage

Blu-ray & DVD

DVD – Arthaus Collection (DE)
Sound: German, French (Mono Dolby Digital)
Aspect ratio: 1,33:1 (4:3)

Press Sheet (PDF)

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