A middle-class housewife (Gudrun Landgrebe) walks out on her possessive husband and finds freedom as a Berlin hooker; she falls in love with a male hustler (Mathieu Carriere) and for a while they share living and working quarters—until his own possessive instincts surface. Robert van Ackeren’s film is cool and distanced for most of its length—it’s sort of a satire without laughs on the all-pervasiveness of West Germany’s consumer ethic—which is punctuated by the one moment of incredible passion alluded to in the title. It’s an interesting strategy, but once van Ackeren has brought it off, it doesn’t have much resonance—he lacks the attachment to his characters that might have made his story more than an amorality lesson. With Hanns Zischler and Gabriele Lafari.