Dependable Herr Raab is a technical draftsman. He gets along with his colleagues although his boss wants him to go beyond cleanliness to problem solving. His promotion may be a long shot, especially after he gives a dull and tipsy toast at an office dinner. But why would Herr Raab run amok?
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"I saw an eagle in a zoo locked up in a cage. It is sad and doesn't move. But when it is free, it soars into the sky and circles there, this great black bird." A dark circling vortex surely, though the vulture is a beast much greater than the man. Forgot this was shot on strictly hand-held, adding to the dreadful monotonous pressurized air already ripe with aberration. Also, Hermann, Schygulla, Caven, '70, CAW!
It struck me that, despite the title, and despite Kurt Raab being in most, if not every, scene, it wasn't till the end that I realized that I'd barely noticed him. Well played, RWF... Nice set up with that joke at the start, the eagle bit, and the visceral hand-held photography. Record store scene is a favourite. 3.75
Bourgeois life is an existential wasteland. The determinist philosophy of the middle-class, whether conscious or unconscious, leads to an abandonment of personal responsibility and ignores the individual's longing for freedom and meaning. There are choices. For Herr R., the possibility of changing his life, a viable option, is too overwhelming so he resorts to misusing a candle-holder and window frame.
The first Fassbinder movie I saw. It does a better job than most new film makers when approaching daily life problems with a near documentary style. The end is shocking and violent. A few directors are able to express this much rage and intensity in only one short moment. Stay in your mind, even if the film itself is an exercise in patience, even for today's viewers.
3.5. I don't know why Mubi has listed it as drama and comedy, but the record store scene was funny. I enjoy Fassbinder's later films more as his style wasn't fully formed yet by this time (but his themes were).
A week later: It has grown on me, I have thought more about it than recent films I watched I gave four or five stars.
Un buen retrato sobre la rutina, una especie de encadenamiento social, que se vive con conformidad, pero que también asfixia. Eso sucede con Amok, quien camina con apariencia apacible, reprimiéndose, pero en cierto momentos, dejándose arrastrar por ese juego de jerarquías y fantasías. Apela a la normativa sucia e hipócrita de los que le rodean, pero cuando esta se le viene encima, es cuando se frustra, y explota.