It's so bourgeois to get along with your partner's lover. Chaos appears in the form of a vengeful daughter. In this case I think it's the pity that the daughter gets that causes her to have extreme contempt for her parents. The problem with these games is that it's all fun until someone's feelings get hurt. Fassbinder is so weird with his plastic furniture framing devices. It's a whirlwind of a story.
Certains y verront une impitoyable satire sociale sur le mariage et le couple, d'autres une acerbe radiographie du handicap, moral et physique comme ciment du malaise et de la haine, dans tous les cas, une peinture décontractée et sarcastique de la nature humaine, de ses errements et de ses contradictions... www.cinefiches.com
Two minutes in and we're already gleefully revelling in this family's baroque toxicity, and the hilariously-built-up undercurrent of tightly-coiled spite. Probably one of Fassbinder's funniest movies. And most stylish. And most strictly distanced, as well, which felt like a shame in the moment but of course (Brecht was smart) left me with more than usual to think about later. Also: Kraftwerk! Traunitz was perfect.
A difficult connection to a poison concoction. I certainly enjoyed the swinging camera, the framing and re-framing of shots. I enjoyed the fracturing of relationships and the dark humour. I think I just found my initial watch to be mostly confusion following the back and forth. Perhaps a rewatch is required, but I'm not in a hurry.
A dysfunctional, alienated family brought together into a ruthless collision of emotions, roles and sentimental gaps. Fassbinder zeros in on how personalities are shaped within a family. There are amazing moments in the film, yet there are also certain points where it did not really work out so well.