Berlin, the subway: Angela (Marlene Marlow) and Miriam (Kerstin Orf),
who years ago went to school together, meet. Angela, a beautiful blonde,
has meanwhile made it big, she is studying, has good job offers, and she
has spent some time abroad - and her rich daddy is paying for her posh
lifestyle. Miriam meanwhile was less lucky: She dropped out of school
prematurely, had a string of dead-end-jobs she didn't even care to keep,
and she hasn't got anyone to pay for anything ... and she steals Angela's
purse out of her bag ...
Later, and Angela's place: Miriam comes by to bring back Angela's purse
which she claims dropped out of her bag, and she invites herself in.
Angela's attempts to politely get rid of her fail, then all of a sudden,
even Miriam's friend Karin (Claudia Splitt) drops by ... and the two start
behaving more and more rude towards Angela ... until they tie her up and
take her ATM-card, force her to give them her code and start withdrawing
money, all while continuously teasing and torturing Angela.
Because Miriam thinks it was Angela who has stolen her boyfriend while
they were back in school and now she blames everything that happened
later, beginning with her dropping out of school, on Angela, and she also
thinks Angela is to blame for the fact that she had a rich daddy, good
looks and she always had it better ...
Ultimately, in an unguarded moment, Angela can free herself, and in a
fit of rage, she stabs both Miriam and Karin to death quite violently ...
and it might just be that with this she has ruined her own life, and
Miriam gets her revenge after all ...
This independently produced featurette, running approx. 30 minutes, is
nothing big, telling a story that's pretty straight forward, but it does
feature decent camerawork, well-written dialogue and carefully fleshed out
characters not usually found in this kind of film, which makes it totally watchable even if indie-thrillers are not your type of film.
PS: In 2011, Michael Huck has released a new, re-cut, re-scored version
of Die Schulfeindin. To learn more about the new version, click