One of the bleakest Fassbinder films, it features a volatile Raab as another loser-victim of the pillars of society. Squeezed by the authority of his wife and by the societal pressure to save face, Raab's puppet-like civil servant is manipulated by the systems of property and justice, the duplicity of neighbors and last not least by his own petty-bourgeois sexism. Fassbinder's shots capture perfectly his labyrinth.
There's a longer, 3 hour TV version that I'd like to see, but this edited (by Fassbinder) movie version is still very good. It's the story of a foolish and pathetic civil servant who is cuckolded by his erotically susceptible wife.