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.
the sinister mansion and the camera works add to the eerieness of the film; chinese roulette. the camera does a vertical pan, going upwards and creates little pockets of suspense to this psychological drama. the much unsaid can be inferred from the eyes of the protagonists as this film creates an emotional cache which gets a final explosion in the end and the entire pent up feeling gets a vent with the gunshot.
I expected this to be bleaker when I first heard of it. I just watched it though and would say actually its more cutting in tone for lack of a better word. Actually this is quite different to the usual Fassbinder fare which I enjoy and I'm glad I got to see this other side to his work. Roger below your post is actually brilliant- the film couldn't be summed up any better.