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Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

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The performances of Brigitte Mira and El Hedi Ben Salem as Emmi and Ali are superb; they act with instant sympathy and charm and in their own way, they are the most purely lovable characters I have ever seen on a movie screen.


Fassbinder gained his first taste of international success with this unconventional story with incredible emotional power.

Loosely inspired by Fassbinder’s idol Douglas Sirk's film All That Heaven Allows, the film details the vicious response of family and community to a lonely aging woman who marries a younger black Moroccan immigrant worker.

One evening in Munich, an elderly cleaning lady (Brigitte Mira) escapes from the rain into a bar frequented by immigrants. To her surprise, the jukebox plays an old German tango and a handsome young Moroccan (El Hedi ben Salem) asks her to dance... But their fairy tale romance is soon exposed to the brutal reality of racism and ageism.

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Director(s): Rainer Werner Fassbinder   Country of Origin: Germany Language(s):In German (subtitles in English) 
Year: 1974   Running Time: 1hr 33 mins  
BBFC Advice: 12A Parental supervision required for children under 12.  

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