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Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
"Angst essen Seele auf" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  5 June 1974 (France)
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An almost accidental romance is kindled between a German woman in her mid-sixties and a Moroccan migrant worker around twenty-five years younger. They abruptly decide to marry, appalling everyone around them.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brigitte Mira ...
Emmi
El Hedi ben Salem ...
Ali
Irm Hermann ...
Krista
Elma Karlowa ...
Mrs. Kargus
Anita Bucher ...
Mrs. Ellis
Gusti Kreissl ...
Paula
Doris Mattes ...
Mrs. Angermeyer (as Doris Mathes)
Margit Symo ...
Hedwig
Katharina Herberg ...
Girl in bar
Lilo Pempeit ...
Mrs. Münchmeyer
Peter Gauhe ...
Bruno Kurowski
Marquard Bohm ...
Gruber
Walter Sedlmayr ...
Angermayer
Hannes Gromball ...
Waiter
Hark Bohm ...
Doctor
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Emmi, a German woman in her mid-sixties, falls in love with Ali, a Moroccan immigrant worker around twenty-five years younger. When they abruptly decide to marry, everyone around them seems appalled. When the folks calm down a bit, Emmi and Ali's relationship grows uncertain. Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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DEM 260,000 (estimated)
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Quotes

Emmi Kurowski: We'll be rich, Ali... and we'll buy ourselves a little piece of heaven.
Ali: Why heaven?
Emmi Kurowski: Oh, just a fancy of mine.
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Fassbinder, Race and Age
29 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Emmi (Brigitte Mira), a woman truly in the second half of life, falls in love with Ali, a Berber guest worker more than ten years younger. When they both decide to marry, everybody seems to be against them. When the folks calm down a bit, Emmi and Ali get deeply unsure about their relationship.

This was Fassbinder's take on "All That Heaven Allows", but also seems to have been a take on "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner", because he throws both age and race into the mix. The family here react even stronger than the family in "All That Heaven Allows", calling their mother a "whore" among other things.

I am not aware of Germany's struggle with racism (besides the obvious World War II aspects), so I am not clear on how culturally significant this all is. By the standards of here (America) and now (2013), it hardly seems noteworthy. If my mother was with a younger man of another race, more power to her...


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