Fear Eats the Soul

  • 15
  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1973)
  • W Ger (SUB)
  • 89 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Inspired by Douglas Sirk's All That Heaven Allows (1955), this affecting film from director Rainer Werner Fassbinder uses an unconventional love story to attack the prejudices inherent in German society in the early 1970s. As the widowed cleaner and the Moroccan mechanic whose cross-cultural, age-gap romance is frowned upon by their family and friends, Brigitte Mira and El Hedi Ben Salem are so convincing it's easy to forget they are merely playing roles. Fassbinder also impresses as Mira's loathsome son-in-law, but it's the stylised realism and deceptive simplicity of his direction that elevates this incisive drama above the more popular period pieces of his later career.

Plot Summary

Romantic drama directed by Rainer Werner Fassbender. A love affair blossoms between a Moroccan immigrant and an older German widow. But once they are married, they find their happiness is checked by the prejudices in their community.

Cast and crew

Cast

Emmi
Brigitte Mira
Ali
El Hedi Ben Salem
Barbara
Barbara Valentin
Krista
Irm Hermann
Bruno
Peter Gauhe
Albert
Karl Scheydt
Eugen
Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Crew

Director
Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Other Information

Language: 
German +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Cinegate Ltd
Guidance: 
Contains swearing and nudity.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama