Tuesday, June 23, 2015

554. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

I have complaining a lot lately about how sexist and vile the films in The Book are.  Now we get a film that is nothing but women, which I suppose should be a welcome change, if it weren't for the fact that every female in this movie is insane.  Progress?  Not quite...

Petra von Kant is a fashion designer who has lost two husbands.  She employs an assistant, who she treats like a slave, but the assistant seems to like it?  Maybe?  I am not sure.  Anyway, she meets and falls in love with Karin, who has just left her husband.  After many angry wig changes, it is clear that Petra is more obsessed with controlling Karin rather than loving her.

It seems like these characters should be fun to watch and analyze, but the truth is that this film is dreadfully dull.  It is over two hours of just dialogue and almost nothing happens.  I am all for dialogue-heavy films, but this movie failed to impact me in any way.  I also can't help squirming at the fact that this is the first movie we have seen in awhile that features a lesbian and she is shown as being deeply disturbed.

A bore and I prefer the tears of General Yen.

RATING: **---

Interesting Facts:

Shot in ten days and the screenplay was written on a twelve hour flight.  That's dedication.


  1. Well timed.. Andrew has not long completed his Fassbinder season, and I'm currently making my way through all 15+ hours of 'Berlin Alexandraplatz'.
    Not one of the most accesable Fassbinders, and.. well, easily seen as a bore.