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Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven (1975)

Mutter Küsters' Fahrt zum Himmel (original title)
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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brigitte Mira ... Emma Küsters
Ingrid Caven ... Corinna
Margit Carstensen ... Marianne Tillmann
Karlheinz Böhm ... Karl Tillmann
Irm Hermann ... Helene
Gottfried John ... Niemeyer
Peter Kern Peter Kern ... Nachtclubbesitzer
Kurt Raab ... Barbesitzer Gustav
Gustav Holzapfel Gustav Holzapfel ... Herr Holzapfel
Lilo Pempeit Lilo Pempeit ... Sekretärin
Peter Chatel ... Photograph
Peter Bollag Peter Bollag ... Photograph
Vitus Zeplichal Vitus Zeplichal ... Reporter
Volker Spengler ... Photograph
Y Sa Lo Y Sa Lo ... Terroristin
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Storyline

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 <horrigan@aol.com>

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

23 March 1976 (Denmark) See more »

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Budget:

DEM 750,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Mother Küsters Hasn't a Prayer
6 May 2017 | by Richard ChattenSee all my reviews

At first I was anticipating an attack on yellow journalism akin to the same year's 'Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum'; but to me this film - with its title evoking Pudovkin's 'Mother', Piel Jutzi's 'Mutter Krausens Fahrt ins Glück' and of course Brecht's Mother Courage - became more and more abstract and stylised as it progressed.

The film's pretty poster paint colours and Brigitte Mira's depiction of stoicism in the face of adversity considerably soften the impact of what could have been an extremely harsh neorealist tract on the systematic abuse suffered by the downtrodden proletariat; and there are quite a few laughs. Very little actually seems to faze the put-upon Emma Küsters, who after receiving what would have been the shattering news that the circumstances of her late husband's death means the loss of her pension simply continues with equanimity her frugal existence assembling plugs in her dining room. Her treatment by a cynical journalist, well-meaning but ineffectual communists and - finally - violent nihilists suggests Fassbinder's mounting cynicism about the motives and effectiveness of the King Logs and King Storks around him that he had so far encountered offering solutions to society's ills, the ironic title effectively declaring the chances of the Mother Küsters of this world ever receiving a break in this world being zero.


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