Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB
Original title: Angst Essen Seele Auf
West Germany, 1974. Filmverlag der Autoren, Tango Film. Screenplay by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cinematography by Jurgen Jurges. Film Editing by Thea Eymesz. Cannes Film Festival 1974. Podcast: My Criterions.
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.
The Criterion Collection: #198