Angst Essen Seele auf (Ali: Fear Eats the Soul) Reviews

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August 13, 2019
A conventional but humane story. Director Rainer Werner Fassbinder achieves this with eloquent sobriety, far from melodrama. [Full Review in Spanish]
November 11, 2018
An intentional air of theatrical experimentation - almost as if Fassbinder is playing on the excesses of the representations to make clear the prejudices in German society.
August 28, 2018
It's a film nearly devoid of emotional artifice no matter its dramatic trappings.
April 26, 2017
It even manages something like a happy ending without sugar-coating the still poignantly relevant themes.Timely and heartbreaking, some 43 years after its debut.
April 2, 2017
The performances are flawless; the themes remain timely.
March 30, 2017
The performances of Brigitte Mira and El Hedi Ben Salem as Emmi and Ali are superb; they act with instant sympathy and charm and in their own way, they are the most purely lovable characters I have ever seen on a movie screen.
March 30, 2017
Fassbinder made so many incredible films, but this is certainly up there with his finest.
March 28, 2017
The prolific auteur was a huge admirer of Douglas Sirk, and there are echoes here of All That Heaven Allows, but the intensity is all Fassbinder.
March 27, 2017
One of the most beautiful films ever made, plain and simple.
April 14, 2016
It's surely the sheer, unvarnished humanity on display that's the film's greatest success.
July 21, 2015
This is Fassbinder's first public showing in this country and it will not be the last; [he's] a highly skilled German director not yet thirty who also wrote the screenplay and indeed the theme music.
October 1, 2014
[Fassbinder's] framing is immaculate, his themes are powerful, and the performances are great.
June 3, 2014
Fassbinder's historicism is a crucial aspect of his modernism: he didn't just make use of prior forms, he quoted them, and derived from them the ironies implicit in his melodramatic styles.
August 6, 2013
The movie operates in passages of such raw and resonating veracity that they seem almost too stark to be in a movie.
March 5, 2013
"Ali: Fear Eats the Soul" is a timeless examination of the insidious effects of prejudice and racism on relationships.
May 25, 2011
This 1974 film stands as one of Fassbinder's sturdiest achievements, posed between the low-budget funkiness of his early features and the mannerism of his late period.
May 25, 2011
A powerful attempt to deal with a range of serious issues as well as the characters' own complex psychologies. Visually and dramatically intense, it remains one of Fassbinder's finest.
May 25, 2011
Affecting and moving drama that really explores the selfish nature behind human actions.
September 6, 2009
A magnificently laconic distillate of taboo and conformism
June 26, 2008
Technically flawless, deceptively simple and avoiding excesses, it is about problems that are timely and timeless in implications.
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