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Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven (1975)
"Mutter Küsters' Fahrt zum Himmel" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  23 March 1976 (Denmark)
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Frau Kusters is preparing dinner late one seemingly ordinary afternoon in her seemingly ordinary kitchen in Frankfurt, Germany. Mrs. Kusters wants to add canned sausages to the stew, her ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brigitte Mira ...
Ingrid Caven ...
Margit Carstensen ...
Frau Thälmann
Karlheinz Böhm ...
Irm Hermann ...
Peter Kern ...
Kurt Raab ...
Barbesitzer Gustav
Gustav Holzapfel ...
Herr Holzapfel
Lilo Pempeit ...
Peter Chatel ...
Peter Bollag ...
Vitus Zeplichal ...
Volker Spengler ...
Y Sa Lo ...


Frau Kusters is preparing dinner late one seemingly ordinary afternoon in her seemingly ordinary kitchen in Frankfurt, Germany. Mrs. Kusters wants to add canned sausages to the stew, her annoying daughter-in-law thinks otherwise. The point, we soon find out, is moot: Mr. Kusters has murdered the personnel director at the soap factory where he works before committing suicide. Written by Tim Horrigan <>

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23 March 1976 (Denmark)  »

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Finally! A Fassbinder movie that I like!
31 July 2006 | by (Vancouver) – See all my reviews

Mother Kunters is just so drolly funny. The story is about a woman coping with her husband's death. Her husband died after he fell into some machinery at work. Oh, and there's something else. Her husband killed 2 people on the job before doing himself in. Actually, if you listen closely during the first 15 minutes of the movie, the "There's something else" line is repeated 3 times, which is very oddly funny. Mrs. Kunsters is of course, devastated by the news, and when her children get together, they all don't really get along, and deal with the death in different ways, her daughter is especially malicious, using the death to promote her laughable music career. Mrs Kusters, not finding solace anywhere, finally finds a couple willing to listen and feel compassion. Problem is of course, they're COMMUNISTS! Ha ha. Pretty soon they're convincing poor Mrs Kusters that her husband's death is directly related to The Plight of The Common Worker! I mean, that's priceless. Pretty soon, she's getting caught up with the hardline commies and soon violently protesting against newspapers that published negative stories about her husband. I mean, clearly we're dealing with manipulation, (both personal and political) and Fassbinder does it brilliantly here. As you could tell by the title of my review, I'm not the biggest Fassbinder fan, but I personally loved this one. Although the ending (the American one even more so) leaves a little bit to be desired, I, all in all, enjoyed this tremendously.

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