Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder Run Time: 93 min. Release Year: 1974 Language: German
Starring: Barbara Valentin, Brigitte Mira, El Hedi ben Salem, Elma Karlowa, Irm Hermann
Emmi Kurowski, a cleaning lady, is lonely in her old age. Her husband died years ago, and her grown children offer little companionship. One night she goes to a bar frequented by Arab immigrants and strikes up a friendship with middle-aged mechanic Ali. Their relationship soon develops into something more, and Emmi’s family and neighbors criticize their spontaneous marriage. Soon Emmi and Ali are forced to confront their own insecurities about their future.