Angst essen Seele auf
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
I haven't been able to stop thinking about this movie since I saw it a couple hours ago. The characters in this film are absolutely fascinating, but the story behind the scenes is even more intriguing. This is blossoming into a bit of an obsession for me.
Emmi is a sixty year old cleaning woman who falls in love with a Moroccan immigrant after he asks her to dance as a dare. Isn't that charming? Her children and the people around her are horrified by this relationship. Not because of the age difference (get it, girl!) but because of his race and how he can barely speak German. So it is basically Harold and Maude, but with much higher stakes.
Like I said, the characters in this movie are all extremely engrossing. Emmi claims to be in love with this man, but why? They can barely communicate. I suppose he listens to her and is hot. As someone who is in the dating arena right now, I can tell you that is not an easy find. Still, she treats him like a prize. And something is up with Ali, obviously. Maybe he was searching for some form of acceptance in Germany. And as for the bitchy women in her building, were they jealous? If he was white, would that have been as nasty?
This is clearly a thought provoking movie, and I wished I had watched it with someone so I could discuss it more. Although that's why I have internet commentators!
Shot in a little over two weeks.
The title is a reference to Ali's poor German, as it translates to "Fear eats the soul up."
El Hedi ben Salem was Rainer Werner Fassbinder's lover at the time of filming. Well, that explains a lot.