Overview

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.

  1. Rainer Werner Fassbinder

    Author, Director

Top Billed Cast

  1. Brigitte Mira

    Brigitte Mira

    Emmi Kurowski

  2. El Hedi ben Salem

    Ali

  3. Barbara Valentin

    Barbara Valentin

    Barbara

  4. Irm Hermann

    Irm Hermann

    Krista

  5. Elma Karlowa

    Elma Karlowa

    Frau Kargus

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Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

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Original Title Angst essen Seele auf

Status Released

Release Information

  • March 5, 1974
    12
    Premiere

    Meaning

    Children 12 or older admitted, children between 6 and 11 only when accompanied by parent or a legal guardian.

Original Language German

Runtime 1h 33m

Budget $130,000.00

Revenue -

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