Movies

Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Angst Essen Seele Auf (1974)

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Ali (Salem), is a Moroccan Gastarbeiter (guest worker) in his late thirties, and Emmi (Mira), is a 60-year-old widowed cleaning woman. They meet when Emmi ducks inside a bar, driven by the rain and drawn by the exotic Arabic music (Al Asfouryeh by Sabah) she says she has heard so often on her walk home from work. A woman in the bar (Katharina Herberg) who is part of Ali’s Arabic-speaking cohort tauntingly suggests Ali ask Emmi (“the old woman”) to dance, and Emmi accepts. A strange and unlikely friendship develops, then a romance and soon they are living together in Emmi’s flat. Out of a professed sense of responsibility but also hopefulness, Emmi first confides in her newfound love when she goes to visit her daughter Krista (Irm Hermann) and her tyrannical son-in-law Eugen (Fassbinder himself) and announces that she is in love with Ali; Eugen thinks she is screwy and Krista as well can only think that her mother – who has been a widow for years – is fantasizing. [Wikipedia]

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