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Angst vor der Angst

Rainer Werner Fassbinder West Germany, 1975

Dignan's rating of the film Fear of Fear

A theme that weaves in and out of Fassbinder's oeuvre is the medicalization of bourgeois blues. Here, Margot's oppressive household and unsatisfying existence leads to panic attacks. The medical establishment subsequently hooks her to Valium, her pharmacist serves drinks and fucks her; then she's told and untold that she has "schizophrenia." Margot's CNS was alerting her to change her life, an evolutionary function