Part-Time Work of a Domestic Slave

Part-Time Work of a Domestic Slave (German: Gelegenheitsarbeit einer Sklavin) is a 1973 West German drama film directed by Alexander Kluge.

Part-Time Work of a Domestic Slave
Directed byAlexander Kluge
Written byAlexander Kluge
StarringAlexandra Kluge
Release date
  • 1973 (1973)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryWest Germany


Roswitha Bronski (Alexandra Kluge) is a nurse married to the chemical engineer Franz Bronski (Bion Steinborn), with whom she had three children. Since her husband does not work, devoting himself exclusively to studies with the intention of becoming a new genius of chemistry, Roswitha has to support her family by running an illegal abortion clinic. Facing the indifference of her husband, who believes that she is intellectually inferior, the open hostility of doctors like Dr. Genée (Traugott Buhre) and a harsh double journey, Roswitha receives a hard blow when her clinic is closed by police. From then on, she puts aside her passivity and begins a journey to redefine herself as mother, wife and working woman, part of a society threatened by an early globalization.


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