31. Internationale Filmwoche Mannheim, 1982
5. Festival International de Films de Femmes,
Alchimia del Presente, Cinema delle Donne Firenze 1983
Festival International de Films et Vidéos,
5. Festival International de Films de Femmes, Brüssel
Goethe Institut und Cinémathéque Francaise: Paris 1982
Melanie sees a German, in his mid-thirties, criticizing a young American girl in his care for "American lack of culture and arrogance", as if she is personally responsible for this state of affairs. This reminds Melanie of her own time in Paris as an Au Pair. At the time the war in Algeria had just broken out. For the first time she made her own political decision: she decided to speak out against this war and started moving in circles, where people actively protested against the war. The head of the French family, when he became aware of her opinion, accused her with the "German guilt".
For the 35 year-old Frenchman Melanie had no right to judge or have an opinion on the French situation. In exactly the same way as the German man today judges the young American. The memory of Paris and the way in which both men tell younger women how they should think, makes Melanie think of war and destruction. "Once you realize it," she says, "all you see everywhere are fathers: as teachers, lovers, politicians..."