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Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1973)

Angst essen Seele auf (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 5 June 1974 (France)
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 Anita Bucher ... Mrs. Ellis
Gusti Kreissl Gusti Kreissl ... Paula
Doris Mattes Doris Mattes ... Mrs. Angermeyer (as Doris Mathes)
Margit Symo ... Hedwig
Katharina Herberg Katharina Herberg ... Girl in bar
Lilo Pempeit Lilo Pempeit ... Mrs. Münchmeyer
Peter Gauhe Peter Gauhe ... Bruno Kurowski
Marquard Bohm ... Gruber
Walter Sedlmayr Walter Sedlmayr ... Angermayer
Hannes Gromball Hannes Gromball ... Waiter
Hark Bohm 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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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German | Arabic

Release Date:

5 June 1974 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul See more »

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Budget:

DEM 260,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Emmi Kurowski: But when we're together, we must be nice to each other. Otheriwse, life's not worth living.
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The film which made the greatest impression on me
17 January 2002 | by boboxburySee all my reviews

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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