Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven (1975)

Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven


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Mother Kusters (Brigette Kira) is the wife of a factory worker who goes beserk one day, killing himself and the boss' son. Mother finds herself a media celebrity, which only serves to make herself and her late husband look like idiots. Later, Mother is "adopted" by a Communist couple who wish to exploit her husband's "act of defiance" for their own purposes. Finally left alone, Mother Kusters decides to stop living off her husband's notoriety and turn into a human being again. Director Rainer … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Kurt Raab
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On DVD: May 20, 2003
Criterion Collection



as Mother Kusters

as Corinna Corinne

as Mrs. Thalmann

as Mr. Thalmann

as Helene Kusters

as Niemeyer Man in nigh...

as Nightclub manager

as Photographer

as Ernst Kusters
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Critic Reviews for Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

A witty, spare, beautifully performed political comedy.

Full Review… | July 25, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

No other director understands the strength of mediocre minds as does Fassbinder; when his films don't slip into derision, they can be ineffably moving, as this one is.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Fassbinder created another emotionally distancing, disturbing, yet always funny and fascinating picture.

Full Review… | September 18, 2006
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The provocative filmmaker manages to show worker exploitation on the left while still hitting hard at the right.

Full Review… | May 19, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

October 1, 2005

March 6, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven


Fassbinder's satire looks at the life of a middle-aged woman and her family after the death of her husband. Comic at times, dramatic others, and cynical throughout, with quiet desperation undercutting everything, here is a film bored with thinking and thought and the perception of better living through either.

Kevin M. Williams

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