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Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

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West Germany, 1974
  • German
  • English


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

Our take

The pinnacle of Fassbinder’s infatuation with Sirk’s cinema, this homage to All That Heaven Allows—both films would inspire Haynes’ Far From Heaven—is a masterwork of revisionist melodrama. Imbued with unexpected tenderness, its portrait of racial and class struggle is a fierce cry for humanity.

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

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