Based on thousands of true cases of a practice that lasted centuries until the 1950s, this popular Swiss feature film follows the story of Max, who is contracted out of an orphanage to a peasant farmer, where, to escape brutal physical labor, starvation, and regular corporal punishment, he learns to play the accordion. Playing the accordion allows him to express his repressed humanity and feelings for Berteli, another female contract kid on the farm who is raped repeatedly by the son of the farmer. Both contract kids pay dearly for their attempt to maintain their human dignity.
To be shown in conjunction with GERM 302.
Open Year Round: