“But when we're together, we must be nice to each other. Otherwise, life's not worth living.” Here we are, 46 years later, and Fassy's films still resonate. People are shit, happiness is temporary, loneliness is constant, but love is forever. A cinematic statement of the human condition. Thank you, Rainer.
Amazing and realistic film! It is timeless! How it portraits so well and directly the xenophobia against the arabic people in Germany. I mean, think about it. The screenplay was completely invented? It has no foundation on daily life? Lastly, in my opinion the film has multiple messages and intentions that need to be cautiously "digested".
3.5 This have some really touching scenes but not in a silly way. My problem is how Fassbinder's portraits racism in post-nazi germany, it feels like i was watching a comedy, and maybe i'm. Barbara Valentin deserves to be on the podium of amazing women in film, I love her.
the only flaw in this film was fassbinder's unwillingness to show emmi as a sexual person, an older woman with erotic desire--ali is given nude shots & sex scenes. otherwise a beautiful film about how love can lift one 1 out of the stress & isolation of labor but also in2 its own pitfalls
This is Fassbinder's genius in what could be the most accomplished stylistically and astute sociologically filmic exegesis of xenophobia and human resilience. The Brechtean processes generate those alienation devices that are sufficient for self-reflection and the Hopper-like sets and colors are augmented by amazing vertical mise-en-scène (the shots on the stairs) to instill to every frame a rarely matched openess.
This was when RWF was just starting to really trust his own genius at birthing whole these not films but lush layered inter-referential cinematic units. Which in his social critiques is like, Sirk via Brecht, but intersectional (i.e. whole). Mira & Ben Salem are nuanced dramatists; supporting cast more like perfect signifiers. The whole thing’s beautiful. As arch/scathing as tragic/true This is how you do homage! 4.5
Fassbinder’s upgrade on “All That Heaven Allows”, a love affair between an older cleaning lady and a younger Arab immigrant, and face expected Xenophobia and societal rejection. Brave, bold, tragic but perhaps the most hopeful and ultimately uplifting from the inherently tormented director.