Petra (Margit Carstensen ) is a fashion designer who falls in love/wants to possess Karin (Hanna Schygulla), but she (Karin) decides to go back to her husband. Petra is sadistic in her words and actions, especially to her assistant, Marlene (Irm Hermann), who appears to worship Petra. After many arguments and cruelty (and lazing on a sunny afternoon), Petra is left apologetic and swears to be nicer. This is when Marlene decides to leave as she enjoyed her own masochistic side of the relationship. Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder and based on his own play, the above makes it sound like there is a lot of sex. There isn't, and there is mostly lots of talking regarding the women's relationships. Exciting eh?