Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

Fassbinder’s international breakthrough is an unconventional love story with devastating emotional power.

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Alternative titles

  • Angst essen Seele auf Original
  • All Turks Are Called Ali Working
  • Tous les autres s'appellent Ali Alternative
  • Ali, Fear Eats the Soul Alternative
  • Ali Alternative

Introduction

This unconventional love story combines lucid social analysis with devastating emotional power. Not a shot is wasted in this bold reworking of Douglas Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows, which unfolds with gripping simplicity.

One evening in Munich, an elderly cleaning lady (Brigitte Mira) escapes from the rain into a bar frequented by immigrants. To her surprise, the jukebox plays an old German tango and a handsome young Moroccan (El Hedi ben Salem) asks her to dance... So far, so like a fairy tale, but this tenderest of romances is soon exposed to the brutal reality of racism and ageism.

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