It's funny. I've seen a bunch of Fassbinder films and I have found some to be extremely creative and interesting, while others are repellent and self-indulgent messes--like this film. For me, it ranges from great to crap--without much in the middle. I know he has a lot of fans among the "sophisticated", but I can't help but think that a lot of his appeal is pure hype. From my point of view (and I know I will get a lot of negative ratings for this),he made too many movies too quickly and was too self-indulgent. His gay or gender-bending films (like this one) tend to be really bad--sloppily done, sometimes quite boring (such as QUERELLE and THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT) and sometimes just gross (like this film). Couldn't his message about acceptance of a person's gender-confusion be handled better than showing him get slapped around or watching cows being gruesomely slaughtered? Show some sensitivity for the subject matter and make your characters more human and sympathetic--then, maybe, I'd care about the films.
I'm honestly at the point after watching this film that I might not bother with any more Fassbinder films--the bad seems to be out-weighing the good.
Driven by the agony of unrequited love, slaughterhouse worker and married father-of-one Erwin Weishaupt summons up the courage to become Elvira. As a result, rejected by friends and family, desperate Elvira seeks solace in all the wrong places, exposing herself to vitriolic contempt and vicious ridicule. As pained Elvira meanders through the grim roads of Frankfurt with streetwalker Zora, struggling to survive in a faceless urban environment defined by brutality, loneliness, and despair, she retraces memories of her troubled past. Can she unearth something worth keeping?
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