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Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • A deceivingly simple film about the uncomfortable romantic relationship between a 60-year-old German cleaning woman named Emmi and a 40-year-old Moroccan immigrant named Ali, ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL is one of director R.W. Fassbinder's most powerful pictures. Brought together by a jeering barmaid, Emmi and Ali are surprised to find that, after their initial meeting, they like one another. After a somewhat awkward courtship, the two unlikely lovers marry, angering Emmi's children and revealing the startling prejudices that pervade everyday German life.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CC1591-D

  • Credits
    Brigitte Mira, El Hedi Ben Salem, Barbara Valentin, Irm Hermann, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Franz Walsch
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Driven by [Fassbinder's] usual fervor and honesty. There's a sense that he was working fast, through a compellingly personal inspiration, and that gives the film a rare vitality..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...The film is powerful but very simple....In ALI, there is a startling tenderness..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...While it's certainly Fassbinder at his most tender and compassionate, his devastating use of color and startlingly distancing mise-en-scene are in full effect..."
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