comes as one of Fassbinder’s most personal works, not in the strict terms of autobiography, but rather presence. The film is narrated by Fassbinder himself, who chose to cast his own mother as the eponymous heroine’s matriarch. Nevertheless, the film takes his distancing effects to an extreme. If abuse and xenophobia gave [Ali: Fear Eats the Soul and Martha] a charge, a far colder, greater tragedy takes place here.
November 04, 2016