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The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant 12 rating

Fassbinder's visual and verbal extravaganza about a successful but lonely fashion designer who falls in love with a beautiful younger woman.

Drama 1972 124 mins

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Overview

Despite its brilliant all-female cast, this is an intensely autobiographical film in which Fassbinder portrays himself through Petra (Carstensen), a successful but lonely fashion designer who falls in love with a beautiful younger woman (Schygulla) very different from herself.

A visual and verbal extravaganza and a profound disquisition on loneliness, love, the compulsion to work, and the impossibility of truly honest relationships.