Emmi, 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... See full summary »
Ten years of Marianne and Johan's relationship are presented. We first meet them ten years into their marriage. He is a college professor, she a divorce lawyer. They say that they are ... See full summary »
Emmi, 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. Written by
I enjoyed this movie very much since it vividly portrays the problems immigrants or "strangers" face in a new environment as well as it does portray the problems a person faces who stands up for any type of our societies' "outsiders". It shows how much of the ignorance toward "newcomers" boils down to fear and misinformation by the "locals". However, there are two things I think are essential context information without which the message of the movie may be distorted. One is that the movie is from the 70s and the Western European society has been somewhat more conservative. Therefore, current issues may be slightly more multi-dimensional. Furthermore, it seems as if the movie is aimed at a predominantly German audience. Thus, it is somewhat one-dimensional since most German characters are portrayed as xenophobes whereas most "immigrant" characters are shown as being "good souls". This may have been useful in order for the movie to have a societal impact in the 1970s Germany. However, my own family lived in Germany as immigrants in the 70s and they have also made many positive experiences with "locals". For a German or having-been-to-Germany audience I think the movie is great since they know more about their own society and know when to differ. But for a non-German or never-been-to-Germany audience the pitfall is to fall prey to a one sided prejudice and thus to miss the point of the movie. Maybe the best way to see this movie is to imagine that everyone of us could potentially be in the shoes of each character and how we can avoid to fall prey to fear and prejudice. This way the universal message of this movie will not be lost.
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