Pointed out through the Nobel Prize committee because the “crown” of Heinrich Böll’s paintings, the gripping tale of Group Portrait With Lady unspools like a suspenseful documentary. through a sequence of annoying interviews, an unnamed narrator uncovers the story—past and present—of one among Böll’s so much fascinating characters, the enigmatic Leni Pfeiffer, a suffering conflict widow.
on the middle of her fight is her attempt to avoid the demolition of her Cologne condominium development, a struggle during which she is joined via a motley team of acquaintances. together with her illegitimate son, Lev, she turns into the nexus of a countercultural crew rebelling opposed to Germany’s dehumanizing previous below the Nazis ... and what seems to be an both dehumanizing destiny less than capitalism.
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