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Rainer Werner Fassbinder Bondsrepubliek Duitsland, 1971

FilmEdie's rating of the film Rio das Mortes

Fassbinder does "simple"; a buddy/road comedy, infused with the usual longings for some "other" and its promise of "freedom". Except our inept male protagonists embody - often hilariously - the very limits they're striving to overcome, and the far-more-competent, apparently secondary, women (who seem to dominate the film) are mired in their own self-defeating patriarchal narratives. Funny, right? Comedy à la RWF. 3.5