DirectorCarl Schenkel Music directorAnne Dudley CountryGermany / U.S.
Release date1989 WriterDonald Arthur (additional dialogue), Bea Hellmann, Carl Schenkel Production companiesBavaria Film, Lisa-Film, Roxy Film CastJami Gertz (Eva Martin), Martha Plimpton (Claudia Jacoby), George Peppard (Mr. Martin), Bruce Payne (Dr. Burton), Rip Torn (Dr. Markowitz), Gayle Hunnicutt (Mrs. Martin) Similar moviesRelated Carl Schenkel movies
When young ballet dancer Eva Martin (Jami Gertz) falls ill, she discovers that she has cancer. Seeking treatment at a clinic, Eva attempts to cope with her potentially fatal illness. She must also adjust to life with her new roommate, fellow cancer patient Claudia Jacoby (Martha Plimpton), a girl of modest means who immediately resents the well-to-do Eva. Slowly, however, Eva and Claudia begin to build a friendship that helps them both deal with their disease.
Zwei Frauen (American title: Silence Like Glass) is a 1989 German dramatic film. (Though made in Germany, it is set in America and features an American cast with all English dialogue.) The film stars Jami Gertz, Martha Plimpton, George Peppard, Bruce Payne, and Rip Torn.
True story of two diametrically opposed young women dealing with terminal illness.
The main character of the film, Eva, is a wealthy, snobbish ballerina who is diagnosed with cancer. She is admitted into the youth cancer ward at a hospital where she is forced into humility by her disease. She rooms with fellow cancer patient Claudia (Martha Plimpton), and the majority of the film revolves around their interactions together in their hospital room. She is treated with concern and compassion by Dr Burton.
Ultimately Eva goes into remission and is able to continue her life, but not before witnessing another young womans death and also assisting Claudia to suicide.
The film was nominated for Outstanding Feature Film at the German Film Awards. Notably, actress Plimpton shaved her head for this role, a move that would steer the direction of her career for the next several years. (She would again appear bald in the film Parenthood and accompanied then-boyfriend River Phoenix to the Oscars with a bald head.)