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Fear Eats the Soul (15)

Fear Eats the Soul

Angst Essen Seele Auf

An almost accidental romance is kindled between a German woman in her mid-sixties and a Moroccan migrant worker around twenty-five years younger. They abruptly decide to marry, appalling everyone around them.

Rainer Werner Fassbinder not only directed this film, but also scripted the film, designed the sets, and produced. Brigitte Mira heads the cast as a lonely German cleaning woman, who enters into an affair with equally lonely - and much younger - Moroccan mechanic Ali (El Hedi Ben Salem). They marry, despite the shocked, bigoted reactions of those around them. This thinly disguised remake of Douglas Sirk's ‘All That Heaven Allows’ won the international critic's prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Technically flawless, deceptively simple and avoiding excesses, it is about problems that are timely and timeless in implications. (Subtitles)

West Germany 1974 Rainer Werner Fassbinder 94m

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