28. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin,
2. Festival International De Films De Femmes,
1. Il Gocio dello Speccio, Firenze 1980
40 recontres cinématographiques de
Boulogne sur Mer le cinéma allemand 1980
4. Festival International des Films de Femmes,
Goethe Institut: Toulouse 1980, Rom 1980, Neapel 1980
Deutsches Filmmuseum Frankfurt am Main,
Werkschau Babylon, Berlin, 1995
Angela and Robert have been married for 10 years and are still very much in love with each other. They give each other complete freedom. They advise each other on their professions. In other words a perfect couple. Their happiness is not disrupted when Robert brings his young friend Claudia home for the weekend. Yet very soon Claudia becomes, for Robert, the woman with whom he would like to "start everything afresh with". According to a mutual agreement between Angela and Robert, which stipulated that despite infidelities all means are allowed to keep the marriage going, Angela gets "rid of" Claudia. Robert thanks her for this decision with extra tender love. A while later however Angela falls in love with a doctor from the jungle and decides to leave Robert. She desperately waits for Robert to fetch her back. She wants him to act according to their agreement. Yet surprisingly Robert backs out of the marriage.
Doris Kunstmann loves the simple life (interview with the lead actress Doris Kunstmann)
"The film is as beautiful as your upbringing allows it to be," the artist says. "It is a film in which dreams and desires play a major role, a poetic film." One example of its poetic artifices is a house full of roses in the middle of the winter. She doesn't see "A Very Perfect Couple" as a contribution to the discussion of emancipation. "The film is about partnership and how two people live together," she says. "I try to get round that. I am a completely independent person, who has to make her own decisions. You could say that I am emancipated." "Can you imagine ever being in a marriage like Angela's?" "No!"
This is the comic story of how an open-minded couple, he a psychologist and she a t.v. marriage guidance counselor, "solve" their problems. ..." A Very Perfect Couple" highlights how ridiculous and superficial counseling is, and makes its dubious nature more than clear. The style is reminiscent of and a homage to Claude Chabrol. "I would like, just once, to make a film that is like his." What are missing are the financial resources necessary for this type of spectacular film.
Ck, Hamburger Abendblatt, 11.04.1974
02: What makes "Perfect Couple" interesting is the juxtaposition of the cozy domestic sphere with the social criticism of the professional world. One minute you feel like you are in a tacky love story, the next you are watching a classy crime film, or a society drama screenplay. What are astounding is that all the various scenes and styles merge and that at the end of it the entire love story holds the balance. Ula Stöckl is not campaigning for women's liberation, or for that matter for men's liberation. She simply shows how women and men occupy very different emotional worlds, and therefore have different needs as far as expression of affection goes - despite every attempt to be tolerant.
Micheline Gierke, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 18.04.1974
03: Ula Stöckl's film is an almost perfect satire of modern middle-class ideologies, demonstrating how similar these ideologies are to Chabrol's grotesquely overblown melodramas.
Koc, Frankfurter Rundschau, 10.04.1974