The Marriage of Maria Braun begins with the wedding of a young German couple, Maria and Herman Braun, as bombs fall around them during the last days of World War II. The couple have little time to celebrate, as Herman is almost immediately shipped off to the Russian front.
When the war finally ends, Maria spends her days looking for her missing husband and tries to make a life for herself in the gritty aftermath. In order to provide her family with the basic necessities, Maria first takes up with an Americaan sergeant and then becomes the mistress of a wealthy importer.
In her heart, though, Maria is loyal to her husband, patiently waiting for his return.
The film will be introduced and given context by Peter Rainey, an SMSA member and cinema enthusiast, who returns to an earlier passion for films as a Program Director for a Queensland Cinema Group, now that he has retired after 40 years in the education profession.