Sisters, or the Balance of Happiness

Sisters, or the Balance of Happiness (German: Schwestern oder Die Balance des Glücks) is a 1979 West German drama film written and directed by Margarethe von Trotta.

Sisters, or the Balance of Happiness
DVD cover
Directed byMargarethe von Trotta
Written by
  • Margarethe von Trotta
  • Luisa Francia
  • Martje Grohmann
  • Wolfgang Bächler
Music byKonstantin Wecker
CinematographyFranz Rath
Edited byAnnette Dorn
Distributed byCinema 5 Distributing (USA)
Release date
Running time
95 minutes
CountryWest Germany


  • Jutta Lampe as Maria Sundermann
  • Gudrun Gabriel as Anna Sundermann
  • Jessica Früh as Miriam Grau
  • Konstantin Wecker as Robert Edelschneider
  • Agnes Fink as Mutter Sundermann
  • Heinz Bennent as Münzinger
  • Rainer Delventhal as Maurice Münzinger
  • Fritz Lichtenhahn as Fritz
  • Günther Schütz as Professor
  • Ilse Bahrs as Blinde Frau
  • Barbara Sauerbaum as Maria as a Child
  • Marie-Helena Diekmann as Anna as a Child
  • Lieselotte Arnold as Frau Eder
  • Editha Horn as Sister of Blind Woman
  • Ellen Esser as Nurse Fritz
  • Heinrich Marmann as Porter
  • Edith Garden as English language teacher
  • Kathie Thomsen as Flutist
  • Volker Schwab as Robert's Colleague


In 1980, the film won the Film Award in Gold at the German Film Awards and in 1981 it won the Grand Prix at the Créteil International Women's Film Festival.[2]


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