The Marriage of Maria Braun
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
I have absolutely gushed over Fassbinder's films but found myself crying bitter tears of boredom over Petra Von Kant. This was somewhere in between.
During World War II, Maria Braun is married to her husband for less than a day before he has to return to the front. After learning that he has been killed, Maria attempts to move on and forms a couple of new romantic relationships.
I don't know how much I can reveal of this film without being accused of spoilers. I found the character of Maria to be incredibly strange. In the first half of the film, she seems to be one person but completely transforms in the second half. Not really in a character growth-y way but more in a "wait, that doesn't make any sense" way. I have sort of a theory about the ending that might pull it all together but I don't want to ruin it for anyone. Maybe I will put it in the comments...potential viewers, be warned.
The film drags on quite a bit, which was a shame, as I felt as though Fassbinder had previously shown great talent for pacing. Overall, not a great finish for Fassbinder as far as The Book is concerned.
Fassbinder makes a cameo as a man selling Maria a dress.