Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Fear Eats the Soul
I've been raiding my cousin's collection of films.
This one stood out and was one of the strangest stories I have ever seen. It is part of the Criterion Collection and the English title is Ali: Fear Eats the Soul. It is about an older German widow who randomly meets a Moroccan man at a bar and ends up marrying him. She is discriminated by her friends and family for her decision to marry an Arab and Ali gets very upset that his new wife cannot make, nor does she enjoy cous cous. I think it was an interesting look on interracial marriages in a post Nazi Germany but it comes off as oddly simplistic, makes Arab men look really stupid, and Arab women crazy jealous. My favorite part of the movie was when Ali's old fling literally spits at the site of him with the old German woman. There are a couple other classically awkward moments in this and they alone make it worth seeing.
Posted by Jaas at 12:27 PM