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.
Leads are wonderful in this tale of an elderly German woman finding love with a much younger Moroccan migrant, and writer-director Fassbinder uses this story to cast light on the work that it takes to maintain relationships, the ways in which people who love one another can still be very selfish, and the way in which racism and prejudice can filter through sections of society in so many different manifestations.