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||IMDB Rating: 8.1/10 from votes
||Release: 5 June 1974 (France) /
||Genre: Drama, Romance
||Stars: Anita Bucher, Brigitte Mira, Doris Mattes, El Hedi ben Salem, Elma Karlowa, Gusti Kreissl, Hannes Gromball, Hark Bohm, Irm Hermann, Katharina Herberg, Lilo Pempeit, Margit Symo, Marquard Bohm, Peter Gauhe, Walter Sedlmayr
||Synopsis: Emmi, a German woman in her mid-sixties, falls in love with Ali, a Moroccan immigrant worker around twenty-five years younger. When they abruptly decide to marry, everyone around them seems appalled. When the folks calm down a bit, Emmi and Ali's relationship grows uncertain. Written by Oliver Heidelbach
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Munich, in the mid-70s: She enters the exotic bar because it's raining
and maybe because she's a little curious what this place with that
strange music is like. He asks her for a dance because his friends tell
him to do so. He accompanies her home. He stays for the night. The fall
in love. They marry.
All that sounds like your average Hollywood romance. But that's only
half the story of 'Fear Eats the Soul'. Here's the other half: She,
Emmi Kurowski, is a 60 year old, widowed cleaner, mother of three
married children. He, Ali, is a black foreign worker from Morocco, 20
years younger than her, speaking a rather bad German (a more faithful
translation of the German original title 'Angst essen Seele auf', a
quote from Ali, would be 'Fear Eat Soul'). This film is not a cheesy
romance, it is the story of two people who love each other and struggle
with the rest of the world to be accepted.
But the people around them have problems. The neighbors are talking
about them, Emmi's colleagues ignore her, the merchant refuses to serve
them, and Emmi's children don't want to understand it - her son Bruno
even destroys the TV set in his anger.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder is arguably the greatest German director ever,
and with more than 40 films, TV series, TV films plus 16 theater plays
he wrote, directed and often also (co-)starred in in a career that
lasted only a mere 15 years, he is certainly one of the most efficient
directors in film history. His best films are a criticism of German
society after World War II by simple, but memorable stories with very
well observed characters. And 'Fear Eats the Soul' displays
Fassbinder's qualities best. In very simple shots (facial expressions,
the use doors to stress the loneliness of his characters), he makes
this films very emotional.
The film is sometimes described as naive. That's wrong. Maybe it is
naive to believe that a 60 year old widow and a black 40 year old
worker will fall in love. But the rest is as well-observed as a film
can be: The fact that people's reactions change when they realize that
it's easier to accept them and take advantage of them. That Emmi
eagerly joins her colleagues as soon as they have found a new victim.
That Ali goes to the waitress of his bar to get the two things Emmi
can't give him - sex and his favorite dish.
And then the film has some amazing acting. But from the entire cast,
Brigitte Mira as Emmi Kurowski stands out. Actually a comedic actress,
she shines in this drama as a woman who struggles for acceptance. Her
speech outside a restaurant, when all the waiters stare at them but
don't serve them, is heartbreaking, her entire performance is
At first sight, 'Fear Eats the Soul' is a small, simple romantic film.
But look closer and you'll see it is so much more, it is a comment on
subliminal prejudices and selfishness. It shows what a film can do,
even if its budget is tiny, if it only believes in the power of its
Tags for Ali: Fear Eats the Soul Full Movie
, Brigitte Mira
, Doris Mattes
, El Hedi ben Salem
, Elma Karlowa
, Gusti Kreissl
, Hannes Gromball
, Hark Bohm
, Irm Hermann
, Katharina Herberg
, Lilo Pempeit
, Margit Symo
, Marquard Bohm
, Peter Gauhe
, Walter Sedlmayr
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