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Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 12:41 am
by peppajaa
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 story. This is a Rainer Werner Fassbinder film that takes place in mid-1970 Munich. A 50-ish woman and a younger Moroccan man fall in love. Watch out for the agism, racism, tauntings, distrust, etc. Through it all the two try to rise above all this garbage, especially Emmi, the woman, played by Brigitte Mira with such grace and wisdom.

Apparently Fassbinder was a fan of Douglas Sirk, American director of the 1940s/50s, and this was Fassbinder's homage to Sirk's film of the 50s All That Heaven Allows.