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A.k.a.
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
Year
1974
Runtime
92 min.
Director
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Genres
Drama, Romance
Rating *
8.1
Votes *
14,318
Checks
4,283
Favs
546
Dislikes
25
Favs/checks
12.7% (1:8)
Favs/dislikes
22:1
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  1. pentagrammaa's avatar

    pentagrammaa

    I disagree completely. Simple but powerful like a sledgehammer. 9 years 4 months ago
  2. IanWass's avatar

    IanWass

    Like the offspring of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? and Harold and Maude, but for the realist intersectional German New Cinema crowd. 5 years 11 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    1974's Munich in Rainer Fassbinder's Ali: Fear Eats the Soul is a racist world where its two protagonists, a lonely older German woman and a younger Moroccan immigrant nicknamed Ali, face near constant prejudice for their unorthodox relationship... and it's entirely depressing that this could have been made today, in almost any Western country, and we wouldn't have thought it out of place. It is especially well-observed in the way racist (and ageist) attitudes crop up in the two leads as well, once the honeymoon stage is over. And do we, the audience, ascribe Ali any sinister motives for apparently falling for an older woman? Or if not sinister, at least pragmatical? Ali isn't an eloquent character - his German is clumsy - which makes him a figure of mystery and poignancy. The human drama is quite strong, but of course, it's Fassbinder. His mastery of color and composition also makes this a great film to look at. 1 year 7 months ago
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  3. This movie ranks #34 in Time Out's The 100 Best Romantic Films
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