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The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant Tamara Azar Theater 2M Introduction to Acting John-Martin Green The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant Rainer Werner Fassbinder wrote The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant It was originally written in German and translated by Denis Calandra Bitter Tears tells the story of a thirty-four year old woman Petra played by Rebecca Wiscoky who lives in Germany during the present time She is recently divorced from her second husband Her first husband died in car accident while she was still pregnant with her daughter Her daughter is away at boarding school Petra is a successful fashion designer who lives with her maid Marlene played by Anita Durst Marlene never speaks but we see that she is clearly in love with Petra She knows exactly what Petra wants before she asks for it and is always there before Petra calls for her Petra is introduced to Karin played by Tami Dixon a troubled twenty-three year old woman through a mutual pretentious friend Sidonie played by Roselyn Coleman Karin is estranged from her husband who is still in Australia from where she and Sidonie have just returned Petra immediately becomes enamored with Karin Karin seems to have affection for Petra but her attraction is definitely not as str ong The two immediately begin an affair and Petra asks Karin to move in with her During the course of their relationship we learn that Karins father murdered her mother and then killed himself We observe Marlenes growing obsession for Petra she continuously spies on the couple and treats Karin with contempt Petra continues to profess her love for Karin as Karin continues to cheat on he and live off of her money She never says she loves Petra she only expresses her affection for her through sex and a simple I like you every time Petra says
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