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

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September 18, 2006
A mordant satire that's also a touching romance and a powerful indictment of prejudice.
May 26, 2006
Fassbinder made this one on the cheap between bigger projects and scored with a beautifully observed, and even oddly gentle tale.
January 26, 2006
Fassbinder uses dramatic and visual excess to push everyday events to extremes, achieving a degree of political and psychological truth not accessible through mere social realism.
August 26, 2005
May 9, 2005
It is, rather, another quite courageous attempt by Mr. Fassbinder to develop a film style free of the kind of realistic conventions that sentimentalize life's mysteries.
January 21, 2004
A simple and powerful film of great and quiet beauty.
November 17, 2003
A chilling tale about bias.
September 27, 2003
Many of Fassbinder's best films possess a kind of cosmic balance. No one character or belief rises above another without the other shoe dropping.
August 31, 2003
Ali's terse speaking matter is ripe with aphorisms, but it's also another way for Fassbinder to evoke the suspended animation of his character's lives.
July 22, 2003
A movie that's simple and honest. It plays universally and feels particularly relevent in 21st century America.
July 5, 2003
If this were the only film Fassbinder ever made, it would still be one of the great works of cinema. It's only the brilliance and scope of his work both before and after this film that keep me from declaring it his unqualified masterpiece.
November 28, 2002
One of Fassbinder's crown jewels, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul is as powerful as any film he ever made, despite its pedestrian premise.
October 23, 2002
January 22, 2002
Fassbinder is not interested in offering simple solutions to his character's woes or depicting their decision making as consistent. The impact of Fear Eats the Soul lies in the way all of the characters are shown to be fallible and flawed.
January 22, 2002
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul might sound like improbable, contrived soap opera. It doesn't play that way.
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