Withheld from US distribution until 1994, Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 1976 film is a valuable reminder of the late director's cinematic artistry and matchless social acuity. This sad tale of a working-class German driven to violence is told with piercing humor and unexpected irony.
After building a house for his ungrateful and unloving parents, Peter (Vitus Zeplichal) leaves Bavaria to join his wife, Erika (Elke Eberle), in Munich, where he gets a job as a construction supervisor. Peter buys an apartment and new furnishings on credit, which worries Erika, who reveals that
she is pregnant. Peter becomes obsessed with work and money; and his spending habits, coup...