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Love on the Cheap
A woman past her prime has a lover. He is married and intends to stay that way - they both know that. Claiming to be too inept at choosing gifts, G., the lover gives his mistress money so she can buy herself something nice. The money belongs to his wife, who happens to be considerably better off than him. Instead of closeness and affection, the mistress gets the wife's money; the wife, on the other hand, has every entitlement to both. Whenever the mistress thinks about her predicament, she is torn between anger and desperation, but all her attempts at breaking free are doomed to failure, because, unfortunately she remains under G's spell - what's worse, she loves him. Candid and without illusions, in Kleingeldaffare Elfriede Hammerl shows that love is no easy matter - and even if all those involved are old enough to know better, it does not follow the laws of logic.