Rio das Mortes (1971)

Rio das Mortes


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Aimlessness and misplaced ambition take two friends in unexpected directions in this made-for-TV drama directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Michel (Michael Konig) and Gunther (Gunther Kauffmann) are two friends who feel trapped in Germany and are trying to decide what to do with their lives; Gunther has recently gotten out of the Army and is looking for work, while Michel installs floor tiles. Michel and Gunther get hold of a map of the Rio das Mortes in Peru, and become obsessed with the idea … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama , Television , Art House & International , Comedy
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Written By: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
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On DVD: Nov 19, 2002

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Critic Reviews for Rio das Mortes

All Critics (3)

This mostly forgotten entry of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's early futzing-around period feels unaccountably close to an American road-trip comedy.

Full Review… | November 13, 2007

This made-for-TV drama is a minor but enjoyable entry in the Rainer Werner Fassbinder oeuvre.

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A trifle.

Full Review… | December 3, 2002

Audience Reviews for Rio das Mortes


Rio das Mortes is a bit hit and miss as far as I'm concerned. I loved the idea, I just don't think it reached its full potential. That said, I thought the climax at the airport was brilliant, it has all the components that would usually make such a scene a classic, alas, few people seem to have seen it. Fassbinder has obviously improved as a director by this point though, for me this is where there is quite a contrast from his early work and the later work he is better known for. Was it a rule that Fassbinder had to hit at least one woman in all of his films?

Anthony Lawrie

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