Gelegenheitsarbeit einer Sklavin

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Gelegenheitsarbeit einer Sklavin
Directed by Alexander Kluge
Written by Alexander Kluge
Starring Alexandra Kluge
Release dates 1973
Running time 131 minutes
Country West Germany
Language German

Gelegenheitsarbeit einer Sklavin is a 1973 West German drama film directed by Alexander Kluge, usually known in English-speaking countries as Part-Time Work of a Domestic Slave.


Roswitha Bronski (Alexandra Kluge) is a nurse married to the chemical engineer Franz Bronski (Bion Steinborn), with whom she had three children. Since her husband does not work, devoting himself exclusively to studies with the intention of becoming a new genius of chemistry, Roswitha has to support her family by running an illegal abortion clinic. Facing the indifference of her husband, who believes that she is intellectually inferior, the open hostility of doctors like Dr. Genée (Traugott Buhre) and a harsh double journey, Roswitha receives a hard blow when her clinic is closed by police. From then on, she puts aside her passivity and begins a journey to redefine herself as mother, wife and working woman, part of a society threatened by an early globalization.


  • Alexandra Kluge as Roswitha Bronski
  • Bion Steinborn as Franz Bronski
  • Sylvia Gartmann as Sylvia
  • Traugott Buhre as Dr. Genée
  • Ursula Birichs as Ms. Willek
  • Alfred Edel as Factory security chief

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