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Ali: Fear Eats the Soul(Angst essen Seele auf)

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West Germany · 1974
1h 33m
Director Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Starring Brigitte Mira, El Hedi ben Salem, Barbara Valentin, Irm Hermann
Genre Romance, Drama

Emmi Kurowski, a widowed cleaning lady, is lonely in her old age. One night she goes to a bar frequented by Arab immigrants and strikes up a friendship with middle-aged mechanic Ali. Their relationship soon develops into something more, and Emmi's family and neighbors criticize their spontaneous marriage. Soon Emmi and Ali are forced to confront their own insecurities about their future.

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Fassbinder understood Sirk better than anyone else because he knew the 50s melodramas were never about 'irony' or 'distance' just piercing emotion

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