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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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
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 »
But when we're together, we must be nice to each other. Otheriwse, life's not worth living.
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Before the introductory credits there is the line: Das Glück ist nicht immer lustig (Happiness is not always fun) See more »
This is the film which made the greatest impression on me ever. As a young serviceman stationed in West Germany throughout the 1970's & 80's I used to watch a great deal of German Television, to try and understand the German people and their culture.
One night,wife and children asleep, I happened upon: "Ein Film von Rainer Werner Fassbinder"
What a revelation!! Suddenly here was a film which showed all human life in its most passionate, desperate, vital but delicate form.
It certainly made a great impression on me and even now, 26 years later, I can still see, feel and react to each thought, idea aand feeling that coursed through me at that time.
Truly a wonderful film and a genius of a director.
It helped me understand love.
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