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.
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So strange and surreal, cold, awkward, empty, yet so impressionistic and powerful beyond its means. Fassbinder's restraint and boorishly controlling nature makes it tough to watch but hard to forget.
91/100 - Amazing.
Wonderful. The direction and visual style of this film is just really quite good. You can really sense the love that these two people share and everything that it means to them. Emmi's change once social pressures lessen is what makes this story so fascinating to me. It felt brutally real and definitely incredibly sad. The ending is also great. Not bad for my first Fassbinder! I'll have to watch much more.
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
Dos amantes que quieren estar cerca mientras todo el mundo parece alejado. La imposibilidad de su amor es recíproca a la de un mundo que se ha vuelto rígido, algo aletargado y que ya no concibe la pureza digna de actos como los de Ali y Emmi. Fassbinder toma de Sirk la temática de un amor intergeneracional que no es acpetado solo para demostrar mejor que nunca su única teoría: que el amor es más frío que la muerte.
about people trapped externally and internally by social and personal limitations and about finding each other and oneself in another and the extent to which that could possibly unfold in the way we would like for it to unfold and the extent to which it cannot
As in 'I Only Want You to Love Me', Fassbinder turns his hand here not only to melodrama but to didacticism; in lesser hands this material might have amounted to little more than an edifying moral tale providing uplift to self-satisfied bien-pensants. Instead it is shot through with a rich variety of anxieties -- social, personal, and political -- each brought to sad and vivid life via pitch-perfect performances.
A worthy "remake" (kind of seen as debated if it really is hence the quotes) that beautifully creates realistic complexities to the basis of the plot. The handling of race in the film was nicely handled, something of a rarity from a white director.
In this film, Fassbinder I believe, illustrates different aspects of the life as an immigrant...in all it's entirety: the way they live,work and love. The relationship the couple has among themselves and with citizens of that country/ other foreigners. This dynamic is presented in its most basic truthfulness, managing to convey a wholesome portrayal of what it means to be a human being.