Crazy Hormones – Men and women in menopause

Documentary by Reinhild Dettmer-Finke and Claudia Dejá

2018, 52 min. ZDF/Arte

Virtually every woman who enters menopause has questions about what’s happening to her body and how to effectively deal with the changes. The broad availability of medicines, remedies and even hormones even conveys the concept that menopause as a curable “deficiency disorder”.

This documentary takes a look at the scientific and medical contexts of menopause as well as the latest findings in international research. Are artificial hormones medically necessary or a seductive, supposed fountain of youth? Do they truly assist in alleviating the suffering of women, or are they lifestyle drugs reflecting a zeitgeist in which ageing is no longer acceptable and older people are seen as “flawed”?

A visual and provoking science documentary about the hot time of menopause that also takes a look at whether and how the hormones in men likewise go crazy.


Director: Reinhild Dettmer-Finke and Claudia Dejá

Camera: Ingo Behring I Ursula Wernly I Thorne Müller I Jean Schablin

Editor: Mike Schlömer

Composer: Karl-Heinz Blomann

Grafic Design I Animation: Jörn Pepper

Producer/Production: Anahita Nazemi, Kobalt Documentary

Commissioning Editor: Ann-Christin Hornberger ZDF/Arte


Von Walen, Menschen und Wechseljahren - starke Arte-Doku über Hormone.
WAZ, 12.05.2018

Ein zum Nachdenken anregendes Kontrastprogramm zum Eurovision Song Contest.
NRZ vom 12.05.18

Die Arte-Dokumentation "Verrückte Hormone" räumt mit den vielen Mythen dieser Phase des Lebens auf.
Hamburger Abendblatt vom 12.05.18