A dry, mediocre film. Fassbinder talks about emotion more than actually try to put in on screen. This movie talks itself to death and just goes through the motions, becoming a pedestrian bore. The worst scene is the scene where Emmi tells her kids she has married Ali. Their reactions are dead, and so are the others in this movie. The lack of honest emotion here is startling for this kind of story.
A spare production and a beautifully composed film examining loneliness; various ways of valuing relationships; bigotry, tolerance, and acceptance; and, in very interesting ways, how people can be pushed together or pulled apart by the rejection or acceptance of those around them.