Fresh from the global success of Cold War drama Deutschland 83, Germany’s UFA Fiction explores the political and sexual revolution of 1950s Berlin in Ku’damm 56, focusing on the changing role of women 11 years after the end of the Second World War.
The action unfolds mainly at the Berlin dance school "Galant," where worlds collide and the struggle between prudishness and emancipation is carried out. The proprietor of the dance school, Caterina Schöllack, has three daughters whom she orders to integrate into this hierarchically structured society. Two of her daughters seem to abide by their mother's wish: Helga appears to have made a brilliant move with her marriage to the jurist Wolfgang von Boost. Nurse Eva does everything she can to get married to the Head Professor Fassbender. Only Monika, the middle daughter, rejects the given path and discovers rock 'n' roll for herself. Monika's story and that of her two sisters are exemplary for many lives in a time when a woman's life was determined by her place next to her husband. At the same time, however, the women of this generation were searching for a new female identity, and were inspired by the burgeoning demand for equal rights.