In the reserve

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Original title In the reserve
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1973
length 90 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Peter Beauvais
script Peter Stripp
production Gerhard Freund
camera Wolfgang Treu

On the reservation is a television play by the German director Peter Beauvais from 1973. It was produced by the Berliner Union-Film GmbH and Intertel Television GmbH for ZDF and first broadcast on June 13, 1973.


A house is to be demolished in a Berlin redevelopment area. Most of the residents have already moved out. The caretaker family and old Minkwitz stay behind. Despite the eviction order, the old woman refuses to leave the apartment. Her sub-tenant Alfred Bergmann, who lives with her in the apartment and helps with everyday errands, supports her in this. Also because Bergmann also has to look around for a new place to stay. He is a homosexual transvestite who also appears in pubs and fears that he will have to look for a long time before he can find such a tolerant landlord like Ms. Minkwitz, who knows his “being different” and the like. a. by giving him her old clothes to find again. The unequal couple defends their "reservation" with desperate defiance against the property management. Even when the daughter who had traveled from Hamburg urges her mother to leave the apartment in the interests of the authorities and a new building area, such as a nursing home, shows her, she coolly refuses. An attempted incapacitation does not lead to success. The daughter then begins to empty the apartment on her own initiative. However, that doesn't work either and the daughter leaves in resignation. Bergmann and Minkwitz return to the empty apartment.



Fabian Tietke from Berlin's taz writes that although Beauvais and Stripp succeed in interlinking the theming of gay life with the then and now current debate about urban redevelopment, in retrospect it remains a pale aftertaste because films like "Im Reservat" are predominant report such realities of life and also process them narrative, but less give a voice to the people whose realities make up the film.

Thomas Bräutigam thinks that Peter Beauvais refrains from any bold message and forces viewers to reflect on the state and deficits of “normal society” in terms of help, respect, tolerance and understanding, solely through the snapshots of two marginal existences.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Winner 1974 ( Memento from November 4, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  2. ^ DEFA Foundation on Wolfgang Kieling
  3. Film review in the taz from January 26, 2017
  4. Thomas Bräutigam: Classics of television films: The best of 60 years of television history . Schüren Verlag, Marburg 2013, ISBN 978-3-89472-859-5 ( limited preview in Google book search).