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

Not Rated  |   |  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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Storyline

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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The original German title "Angst essen Seele auf" is deliberately grammatically incorrect, translating literally as "Fear eat soul up." The correct German form would be "Angst isst die Seele auf. It is a direct reference to Ali's bad german. The line of dialogue he utters is simply "Fear eat soul up" See more »

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Girl in bar: Well... are you coming?
Ali: No.
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Ali: Cock broken.
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Intolerance Everywhere
13 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The world can be a really cruel place. In this work by Fassbinder, we see the racism and intolerance of German society toward a Moroccan man. A sixty year old woman begins a relationship with a much younger man and he ends up sharing her bed. Of course, the gentleness is no match for the ugliness that transpires as the neighbors and the landlord begin to see him as a pig. He is a gentle, trusting soul. She is old and alone. Her children have left her alone and she works each day as a cleaning lady. There is an oppressive weight on these people who are still suffering from the angst of post World War II Germany. This is an intense film and very believable. The acting is superb and that's what really makes it cook. The sad thing is that those who oppress are not worth the time of day, yet they are able to hold forth with their hatred and intolerance.


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