Frankfurt 1978. In an attempt to escape from her own past, Elvira Weishaupt (Volker Spengler) looks for refuge within a circle of people familiar to her. When she only encounters derision and rejection she is left with only one option …
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Fassbinder meets Kafka. This mammoth film attempts to logically depict the devastation of one individual within himself, and as he exists in the world around him. Not often have I seen a film that runs so highly through rationale, so clear-headed through the state of things in the world, and how they affect the individual; Fassbinder gave us everything he knew, and we can only be grateful.
Perhaps the most saturated film I've seen. Life's tragedy, distilled to a potent melodrama so absolute, so insuppressible that it of necessity finds expression through every outlet - every word, look, angle, frame - & every layered combination thereof. A cinema of anguish. My poor German was a hindrance; the onslaught requires the sort of immersion made impossible with distractions like subtitles. 2nd watch required.
A man trying to accept himself, his needs and his way to be. People around him trapped in their own small prisons. A whole country trying to cope with guilt, with oppression and with enforced capitalism. Emotional, political, sexual and thinking hybrids clash at so many different levels - what a film!