Ali Fear Eats the Soul
written by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Madman | ISBN 9322225068681
Runtime: 94 minutes
Number of disks: 1
DVD region: 4 - Australia, NZ, Latin America
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West Germany in 1974 is still feeling the after-effects of the Second World War. Emmi, a cleaning lady almost of retirement age, lives a solitary life in Munich: a widow with adult children, she feels an unbearable sense of loneliness. One evening, on her way home, she stops into a bar to wait out the rain. Here she meets Ali—a strapping young Moroccan immigrant. Despite the vast differences in their ages and cultures, Emmi and Ali embark upon a torrid love affair, marrying after only a few weeks. But their happiness scandalises Emmi's children, co-workers and fellow townspeople, who are disgusted by Emmi's brazen flouting of their standards of decency.
Heavily influenced by Douglas Sirk's celebrated 1955 Hollywood melodrama, All That Heaven Allows, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul is widely viewed as one of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's crowning cinematic accomplishments.