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Effigy – Poison and the City

Effigy – Poison and the City

Alternate Titles: Effigie – Das Gift und die Stadt

True Story | English, German, Spanish | 85 minutes


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Udo Flohr


Patricia Ryan, Udo Flohr


Peer Meter, Udo Flohr, Antonia Roeller


Suzan Anbeh, Elisa Thiemann, Christoph Gottschalch, Roland Jankowsky, Uwe Bohm, Marc Ottiker



1828 in the German port city of Bremen: the paths of two very different women intersect in an age that has no place for either of them. One strives for a career in law, at a time when women aren't even admitted to universities. The other has lived life outside the law and may now have to pay the tab. One of them needs to get her head together – while the other would do anything not to lose hers.

"Effigy – Poison and the City" is based on the true story of female serial killer Gesche Gottfried, who was found guilty of killing 15 people, including her parents, her three children, her twin brother, three husbands, and some friends and neighbors. Another 20 victims were lucky enough to survive. In 1831, Gottfried was executed at age 46. – EFFIGY paints a vivid picture of a past that is not as far away as it sometimes seems.

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