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 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
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.
Fassbinder at his most tender and human. simultaneously blissfully romantic and bleakly cold. Although this film faithfully pays homage to the melodrama of Douglas Sirk, it plays down the stylistic artifice and excess in exchange for raw human emotion. The surprisingly sensitive portrayal of racial and class struggle is the cherry on top of this open wound of a film.
Loved this film. It struck a chord with me in so many ways be it socially, racially as the son of immigrants myself and emotionally. I especially like the way the film touched on the desire for social acceptance amongst the many other topics that were either tackled subtly or boldy depending on the subject matter.