Kippenberg is a feature film from 1981, based on the novel of the same name by Dieter Noll from 1979. The title hero Joachim Kippenberg (Peter Aust), 36 years old, a successful doctor and chemist, is faced with serious decisions. At this point, 19-year-old Eva (Marijam Agischewa) enters his life. Kippenberg shakes up her ideas about life, and he feels compelled to rethink the relationship with his wife Charlotte (Renate Blume). This also leads to arguments with his colleagues. Will he burn out with Eva and give up his responsibility at the institute?