My Old Addiction

Ali: Fear Eats The Soul (Angst Essen Seele Auf)


(out of 5)

One of Fassbinder’s most sensitive and emotionally involving films. A lonely German woman stops by a Berlin bar one night for a drink and meets a much younger Moroccan immigrant whom she invites over for a drink. Both of them lonely souls, they find a kinship with each other that leads to romance and eventually marriage, but not before the society around them tries to tear them apart for flouting so many known conventions. Based on Douglas Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows (a favourite of Fassbinder’s) it is one of his best films, featuring sterling performances from both leads and heartbreaking scenes of personal drama.


West Germany, 1974

Directed by

Screenplay by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Cinematography by

Film Editing by

The Criterion Collection

Cannes Film Festival 1974


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