(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.
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Screenplay by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Cinematography by Jurgen Jurges
Film Editing by Thea Eymesz
Film Festivals: Cannes 1974
Cast Tags: Anita Bucher, Barbara Valentin, Brigitte Mira, Doris Mattes, El Hedi ben Salem, Elma Karlowa, Gusti Kreissl, Hannes Gromball,Hark Bohm, Irm Hermann, Karl Scheydt, Katharina Herberg, Lilo Pempeit, Margit Symo, Marquard Bohm, Peter Gauhe, Peter Moland, Rudolf Waldemar Brem, Walter Sedlmayr